Kentucky Derby, Oaks Simulcast Available at Belmont and Aqueduct; G3 Beaugay and Fort Marcy headline live racing at Belmont on May 4
By Jenny Kellner | 04/27/2013 11:21 AM ET
New York racing fans in search of simulcast action from Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend need look no further than Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack, the best places to watch and wager on Kentucky racing on May 3 and 4 along with live thoroughbred competition in New York.
On Friday, May 3, Belmont and Aqueduct will offer wagering on the 12-race Kentucky Oaks Day card at Churchill Downs, as well as advance wagering on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby on all platforms except mobile. Also available is wagering on the Oaks/Derby Double and the Oaks/Woodford Reserve Turf Classic/Derby Pick 3. Advance and race day wagering will also be available through Telebet (opening at 9 a.m. both days) and NYRA Rewards. All Churchill Downs races will be included in both Friday’s and Saturday’s Post Parade programs.
First race post at Churchill Downs on Oaks and Derby days is 10:30 a.m. and parking lots at Aqueduct and Belmont Park will open at 9:45 a.m., with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. on both days.
On Friday, Oaks Day, voucher sellers and self-service windows will open at 10 a.m., with live tellers available in all areas beginning at 11:15 and remaining open until the after the Oaks (approximate post 5:45 p.m.). After the Oaks, live tellers will be available only on the first floor at Aqueduct and in the Belmont Café at Belmont.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Derby Day, both Aqueduct and Belmont will offer staffed windows, voucher sellers and self-service machines. Windows will remain open in all areas until the conclusion of the Derby (approximate post 6:24 p.m.), after which clerks will be available only on the first floor at Aqueduct and the Belmont Café at Belmont.
Early wagering is available both days on the first floor at Aqueduct and the first floor grandstand, Belmont Café and the fourth floor Garden Terrace at Belmont.
All of Belmont’s regular food offerings will be available, with the Heritage Club Bar on the third floor remaining open late on Derby Day. At Aqueduct, food and beverage service is available at the Triple Crown Café and Champs Sports Bar on the first floor.
LIRR direct service to Belmont Park will operate as scheduled, with the final westbound LIRR train departing Belmont Park approximately 30 minutes after the Kentucky Oaks on Friday and 30 minutes after the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
In addition to the Churchill Downs simulcast, Belmont offers great live racing all weekend. The Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy on the turf and the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay for turf fillies and mares will be contested on Saturday and the New York Stallion Series returns on Sunday with the $100,000 Times Square division for 3-year-old sprinters and the $100,000 Park Avenue division for sophomore filly sprinters.
On Friday evening, May 3, NYRA Television Analyst Andy Serling will host a live web chat to preview the Kentucky Derby card. Fans can ask Serling questions by logging on here beginning that evening at 8 p.m.
The NYRA Network’s National Racing Report will preview Oaks Day at Churchill Downs on Friday morning at 9:30 and Derby Day on Saturday at 9:30. Both shows will be available online beginning Friday. Immediately following both National Racing Report preview shows, the NYRA Network will air the first three live races from Churchill Downs before transitioning to regularly scheduled programming.
The 56-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet runs April 26 through July 14. On most days, gates open at 11:00 a.m. and first race post time is 1:05 p.m. Live racing is generally conducted Wednesday through Sunday. General parking is free, except on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 8.