Service Veterans Salute Saturday from Yonkers Raceway, SOA

Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York will be grateful hosts to ‎100 veterans from the Army, Navy and Marines this Saturday night. It’s the second time that the heroes from the greater New York area will be feted at Empire City Casino’s historic racetrack for dinner and a night at the races.


Servicemen will lead post parades

Trainer Robbie Siegelman, is a long-time, active volunteer with HorseAbility (, and has helped to spearhead the initiative. HorseAbility is  an Old Westbury, NY-based non-profit organization offering therapeutic riding programs, hippotherapy and a summer day camp to children, adults, and families with special needs. ‎Many of the veterans have become involved with the HorseAbility program, including those chosen to lead Saturday night’s first three post parades.


Empire City/Yonkers Raceway brass dig in to support servicemen: CEO Tim Rooney (center) flanked by COO Bob Galterio (right) and General Counsel Tim Rooney, Jr.

“We’re always happy to welcome our veterans,” Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. “It’s a thrill for us, and we’re doing what we can to make it a special night for them.”‎

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SOA President Joseph Faraldo (right, pictured with Yonkers International winning contingent, is active horsemen leader

‎“Everyone from our group is going out of our way to make sure these veterans have a terrific experience,” SOA of NY president Joe Faraldo said.‎


Red, White & Blue saddle cloths salute Stars and Stripes veterans

Post time for the 12-race card is the usual 7:10 PM.


Water Bucket Challenge to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease (above) and “In the Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness are also among Empire City Casino’s and  horsemen’s outreach

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Contacts: John Cirillo, 914-260-7436,; ‎‎Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200,

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