Empire City Casino @ Yonkers Raceway to Simulcast “Irish Derby” on July 1; Sunday Matinee Racing Returns July 2

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YONKERS, NYEmpire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway will offer simulcast wagering on the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby from The Curragh Racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland, this Saturday morning, July 1.

IRISH DERBY LOGOThe announcement comes fresh off importing world-class thoroughbred races from Britain’s Royal Ascot meeting last week. Mutuel windows will open at 10:00 am (fourth floor only), and is offering wagering on races 3 (post time 10:10 am/ET) through 8 (post time 1:00 pm/ET) from the Curragh, with the Irish Derby going as the seventh race (post time 12:20 pm/ET).

These are the races to be simulcast:

3rd race — Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Celebration Stakes

4th race — Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Handicap

5th race — Curragh Where Champions Are Made Summer Fillies Handicap

6th race — GAIN Railway Stakes

7th race — Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

8th race — Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Irish EBF Handicap.


Empire City Trotting Club, established in 1899, has iconic history; Irish Derby even more historic, inaugural was in 1866!

Wagering is also available through the Raceway’s ADW portal, Empire City Bets, which features a special promotion involving the Irish Derby and Yonkers’ live races that evening. Please visit www.empirecitybets.com for more information.

About The Curragh: The Curragh is considered to be  Ireland‘s most important Thoroughbred racecourse. It is located on the Curragh plain in County Kildare, which is situated between the towns of Newbridge and Kildare. The word “Curragh” comes from the Irish (Gaeilge) word Cuirreach, which translated means “place of the running horse.” The first recorded race on the plain was contested almost 300 years ago, in 1727, but it was actually used for races even before that. The first Irish Derby was held in 1866, and in 1868 the Curragh was officially declared a horse racing and training facility by an act of parliament… This year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival again promises to be one of the highlights of the racing and social calendar taking place over three days from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July at The Curragh.

Yonkers Raceway Sets Four Sunday Matinees: July 2, 16, 23, 30

Yonkers Raceway’s next Sunday matinee is set for this weekend on July 2nd with a 12:30 pm first post. Three afternoon cards are scheduled on July 16th, 23rd and 30th.


Rubber Duck flew home on matinee card on June 18, takes another quack at it this Sunday for Joe Bongiorno

This Sunday’s card is a 12-race, all-trotting race program, with races three (post time 1:25 pm) through six (2:55 pm) distance affairs at 1 ¼ miles and full fields for the French simulcasting hub.  The $68,000 Open Handicap goes as the third race, with a robust dozen, including the last matinee idol, Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno from post 12). Post time for the final race on Sunday is scheduled for 4:55 pm

The “New York, New York Double” returns this Sunday, including Belmont’s 3rd race (post time 2:32 pm) and Yonkers’ 7th race (post time 3:15 pm).

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