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Brent Holland, of Armonk, drives Maevey Gravy in (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Brent Holland, of Armonk, drives Maevey Gravy in the second race during a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

Kentucky Derby: Yonkers Raceway offers front row seat

Harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway, which is a part of and predates the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, has a long history in the world of New York horse racing. The track holds between 55 and 60 races per week, and several employees, horse owners, trainers and "drivers" help pull off the spectacle. (May 3, 2013)

Brent Holland, of Armonk, drives Maevey Gravy in
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Brent Holland, of Armonk, drives Maevey Gravy in the second race during a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

Yonkers Raceway outrider and marshal J.P. Gobbette, of
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Yonkers Raceway outrider and marshal J.P. Gobbette, of River Vale, N.J., looks out for problems on the track during a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

Driver Eric Goodell, left, talks with other drivers
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Driver Eric Goodell, left, talks with other drivers on the paddock ramp during a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

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Jason Bartlett, of Goshen, drives Eagle Now in
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Jason Bartlett, of Goshen, drives Eagle Now in the lead during the first race of a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

A harness-racing team walks down the ramp into
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A harness-racing team walks down the ramp into the paddocks after warming up their horse at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

Driver Jordan Stratton takes a break between races
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Driver Jordan Stratton takes a break between races during night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

Noel Rhodd, of Yonkers, is a saddle-pad distributor
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Noel Rhodd, of Yonkers, is a saddle-pad distributor at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. Rhodd, originally from Jamaica, has been working in the paddocks for 15 years. (March 26, 2013)

Todd Williams, of Monitcello, a horse shipper, washes
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Todd Williams, of Monitcello, a horse shipper, washes down a horse in the paddocks at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

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Jason Bartlett, of Goshen, drives May Day in
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Jason Bartlett, of Goshen, drives May Day in the lead during a harness race at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

Drivers, trainers and employees at the Yonkers Raceway
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Drivers, trainers and employees at the Yonkers Raceway work in the paddocks in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

Brent Holland, of Armonk, prepares to drive Maevey
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Brent Holland, of Armonk, prepares to drive Maevey Gravy in the second race during a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

A trainer rides her horse up the paddock
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A trainer rides her horse up the paddock ramp during a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

Jason Bartlett, right, of Goshen, drives May Day
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Jason Bartlett, right, of Goshen, drives May Day in the lead during a harness race at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (March 26, 2013)

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Scott Hamilton, of Ballston Lake, with the New
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Scott Hamilton, of Ballston Lake, with the New York State Gaming Commission, looks out the back of the starting truck as he controls the vehicle's acceleration and starts the races during a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (April 23, 2013)

Drivers follow with their horses immediately behind the
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Drivers follow with their horses immediately behind the starting gate during a night of harness racing at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (April 23, 2013)

The Yonkers Raceway is attached to the Yonkers
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The Yonkers Raceway is attached to the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. (April 23, 2013)

Driver Jason Bartlett, of Goshen, walks down the
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Driver Jason Bartlett, of Goshen, walks down the paddock ramp during a break between races at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers. Bartlett is usually hired to race on several tickets throughout the night. (April 23, 2013)

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