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Military veterans join racing veterans at Yonkers Raceway this weekend

This weekend, Business Council member Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway will host HorseAbility for Heroes on Saturday, April 26 at  7:00 p.m. The special event is a culmination of efforts between Robbie Siegelman, a long-time New York-area horse trainer, HorseAbility of Old Westbury, N.Y., the Standardbred Owners Association of NY (SOANY) and Yonkers Raceway.

Siegelman is a volunteer at HorseAbility, a therapeutic center which offers a wide range of equine-related therapy programs to children and adults.  As part of the HorseAbility For Heroes program, Siegelman teaches military veterans and their families to jog Standardbred horses.

Veterans will demonstrate newly learned horsemanship skills by jogging horses for the first time on the racetrack as they lead the post parades for the first three races of the evening.  Along with their family members, they will also present trophies to the winners of the evening’s races.

In a special tribute to the veterans, members of the Yonkers Police Department will serve as the color guard for the National Anthem beginning at 7 p.m. Following the races, the veterans and their family members will enjoy a trackside dinner in the Empire Terrace Restaurant.

Post time is 7:10 p.m. for the first race. The Saturday 12-race card features the $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and the $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker.

For more information, visit HorseAbility of Old Westbury’s website.