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, 8:30am to 4:30pm, with some holiday exceptions. The office will be closed for winter holiday beginning December 21, returning on December 30. There will be holiday racing on Monday, January 18 and Monday, February 15, meaning the office will be closed on Wednesday of those weeks.
As of Aqueduct Fall Meet: Owners may attend the races on the days they are entered to run. Please contact Horsemen's Relations by phone at (516) 488-6008 or email at [email protected] to be added to the admission list after the overnight is out. All requests must be received in advance by 4PM the day prior to the race. The office will confirm attendance and provide arrival instructions and admission via email the afternoon before race day.
Every individual on the premises must agree to a temperature check and wear a face covering while on property.
New York State has issued a travel policy for individuals coming from noncontiguous states. Travelers must first test negative for Covid-19 within three (3) days of traveling to New York. Upon arrival, they must quarantine in place for three (3) days. On the fourth day, they must take a rapid test with a negative result to exit quarantine. Owners coming from a noncontiguous state must follow these protocols and provide negative test results for entry to the track.
Owners in attendance must hold a current New York State Gaming Commission owner license.
Upon check in at the Clubhouse entrance you will receive a wristband and be directed to the Horsemen’s Lounge. Seating and paddock access are assigned to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Owners are welcome to bring their own food and beverage.
Alysse Jacobs, Horsemen's Relations Associate
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.
Teal Albertrani, Horsemen's VIP Concierge
Teal was born to a racing family and interned with Horsemen's Relations in Saratoga for several seasons. She returned to NYRA in a full-time position in 2019 and maintains the Horsemen's Lounge activities.
Owners can sign up to receive a text message or email alert when their horse is entered, with information to easily reach the Horsemen's Relations department. Please contact the department for more information.
NYRA has a working relationship with the Hilton Garden Inn JFK. Please contact the office for assistance.
The Horsemen's Relations team will reply to outreach by the next racing day.
Gambling Problems? The New York Racing Association encourages responsible wagering. If gambling is a problem for you or someone you care about, help is available 24 hours a day. Call toll-free 1-877-8-HOPE-NY