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Empire City Fall Harvest Festival Legislators Pace Recap

On October 19 at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway,  the Fifth Annual Fall Harvest Festival highlighted the thriving relationship between agriculture and horse racing throughout New York State.  A host of fun, family-friendly events adorned the raceway apron, while the annual Legislators’ Challenge featured 10 of the state’s elected officials in non-wagering—but ultra-competitive—battle.

Assembly Member Andrew Garbarino (R-Suffolk)  won the “rookie”  division with Cockney Hanover in a first-up 2:11.4. Holland was also there, offering minimal assistance.

Assembly Member Keith Wright (D-Harlem) crossed winning a Legislators’ Challenge off his bucket list, teaming with Strong Signal (and, to a lesser extent, Jason Bartlett) to win the “veterans” division from the pocket in 2:11.3.

Assembly Member Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers), a winner a year, joined with Kandi Chip (and Bartlett) to whip a pair of other previous winners–Assembly Member Joe Saladino (R-Massapequa) and Assembly Member Gary Pretlow (D-Mt. Vernon) in a night’s-fastest 2:09.4.

There was also a Racing Under Saddle exhibition, with John-Michael and Mary Dolce Conti giving nothing else a chance. The pair teamed to win the mile-and-one-sixteenth event by 9¼ lengths in 2:15.

The Raceway’s five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.