The Aqueduct Horsemen's Relations office is located across from the horsemen’s area of the Racing Office in the basement. Horsemen's Relations works an Aqueduct racing schedule of Wednesday through Sunday, opening at 9 a.m.
Alysse Jacobs, Horsemen's Relations Supervisor
Alysse began working in NYRA's Horsemen's Relations department under Carmen Barrera in 2009. She assumed the head position of the department in 2019.
Admission is free at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The Horsemen’s Lounge, located on the second level of the clubhouse, is open to any horseman with a current NYRA ID Badge. The lounge offers a view of the track and paddock, light snacks, soft beverages, and seating every race day. The box seating area is also accessible through the lounge for those who wish to view the races outside. Please check in with your NYRA ID for a wristband to access the lounge and box seating area throughout the race day. The lounge is open from gates through the last live race of the day.
The Equestris dining room is located on the third level of the clubhouse and will only be open on Saturday, December 2. On stakes racing days when the Equestris is not open, stakes horsemen will be offered dining in Longshots on the second floor. Reservations must be made through Horsemen’s Relations.
Horsemen parking is located in the Preferred Clubhouse lot in the front of the building.
Box seating is complimentary to horsepeople and accessible with a wristband from the Horsemen’s Lounge.
The paddock is accessible by presenting a current NYRA ID badge. Should you require assistance if you do not have your badge, please contact Horsemen’s Relations.
Complimentary horseperson parking is available in the clubhouse lot in front of the grandstand. Please show your Horseperson ID badge for parking.
NYRA has a working relationship with the Resorts World Hyatt, adjacent to Aqueduct. Please contact the Horsemen’s Relations office for assistance with booking your stay.
Managing owners can sign up to receive a text message or email alert when their horse is entered. The message will include entries as well as information to easily reach the Horsemen’s Relations department to facilitate making race day arrangements. Please contact Horsemen’s Relations for more information.
The Horsemen’s Relations department handles ticking exclusively for horsepeople who are participating in the races of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. While we appreciate everybody’s enthusiasm for this historic event being held at Saratoga for the first time, our held inventory is only able to accommodate the horsemen who are racing those days.
On both Friday and Saturday of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, all guests (including children ages 4 and up) will be required to purchase admission in advance of the event. As such, NYRA ID badges will not grant admission to the track on these days.
Current NYRA ID badges will provide complimentary admission for the badge-holder only on Thursday and Sunday of the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
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