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​ NYRA releases Belmont fall meet stakes schedule

by NYRA Press Office



Belmont at the Big A from October 11 through October 27

Seven Breeders' Cup qualifiers on tap for Belmont Fall Championship Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced race dates for the 37-day Belmont fall meet, including 45 stakes worth $11.525 million in purse money - an increase of $1.45 million over 2018 - starting at Belmont Park from September 6 to October 6, and concluding at Aqueduct Racetrack, with Belmont at the Big A from October 11 through October 27.

The fall championship meet at Belmont Park will be highlighted by seven Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" qualifiers.

To ensure the continuity of racing operations in New York in light of the construction of a new arena at Belmont Park for the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, the fall meet will be split between Belmont and Aqueduct and may include adjustments to weekday post times to accommodate construction and better serve the interests of horsemen.

"The redevelopment project at Belmont Park will have a long-lasting and multifaceted positive impact on the surrounding community. In light of the construction, it is important to adjust our calendar to ensure NYRA's fall racing program will run safely and efficiently for all participants," said NYRA CEO and President David O'Rourke. "We appreciate the patience of our horsemen, fans and the community and look forward to another outstanding fall season of racing in New York."

The first 23 days of the Belmont fall meet will be held at Belmont Park, kicking off on Friday, September 6 for an opening weekend slate highlighted by the third and final legs of the inaugural $5.25 million Turf Triple series.

On Saturday, September 7 the inaugural edition of the $1 million Jockey Club Derby, a Breeders' Cup Challenge Series race offering a berth in the Longines Turf, will complete the Turf Trinity complemented by the first-ever $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks to conclude the Turf Tiara, both to be aired live across the country on NBC. The stakes-laden card will also include the first running of the $300,000 Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on Big Sandy.

Belmont's Jockey Club Gold Cup Racing Festival card on Saturday, September 28 will showcase a pair of "Win and You're In" races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held at Santa Anita Park from November 1-2. The Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup, contested at 1 1/4 miles, will offer an automatic entry and a fees-paid trip to the $6 million Classic. Also slated for a packed day at Belmont is the Grade 1, $300,000 Vosburgh, a six-furlong sprint offering a berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. The card also features the Grade 2, $300,000 Beldame and the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim.

The following weekend, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Racing Festival will feature four "Win and You're In" qualifiers beginning on Saturday, October 5 with the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne, where the winner will secure a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The day's undercard will include the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic; the Grade 2, $400,000 Hill Prince for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on turf; the Grade 3, $150,000 Matron for juvenile fillies going six furlongs on the turf; and the $150,000 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational also at six furlongs on grass.

On October 6, three Breeders' Cup spots will be on the line, as the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl and the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette will award the winners an all-fees-paid berth into the Filly & Mare Turf and Juvenile Fillies divisions, respectively. The Grade 3, $150,000 Futurity for 2-year-olds on the turf will award a spot in the Juvenile Turf Sprint to the winner.

The final 14 days of the Belmont fall meet will then shift to Aqueduct Racetrack for Belmont at the Big A on Columbus Day weekend beginning on Friday, October 11 and featuring live racing through Holiday Monday, October 14. 

The Empire State will take the spotlight on Saturday, October 19 when the best New York-breds gather at Belmont Park for Empire State Breeders' Showcase Day to compete in eight stakes races worth $1.75 million, topped by the $300,000 Empire Classic at 1 1/8 miles.

Closing weekend will feature six stakes combined from October 26-27, led by the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler on Saturday and the $125,000 Zagora on Closing Day.

Following opening weekend, racing at Belmont will be conducted Wednesday through Sunday. Post times will be announced in the near future.

Following opening weekend of Belmont at the Big A, live racing will be conducted Wednesday through Sunday.

The Aqueduct fall meet will run from Friday, November 1 to Sunday, December 1 and include 22 race days before the opening of the Aqueduct winter meet on Thursday, December 5.

 2019 BELMONT FALL STAKES SCHEDULE

DATE

RACE

GRADE

PURSE

AGE

DISTANCE


Fri., Sept. 6

Christiecat

 

100,000

F3YO

6 Furlongs (Turf)

 

Jockey Club Derby Racing Festival

 

 

 

 

Sat., Sept. 7

Jockey Club Derby (BC)

 

1,000,000

3YO

1 1/2 (Turf)

 

(Third leg of the Turf Trinity)

 

 

 

 

Sat., Sept. 7

Jockey Club Oaks

 

750,000

F3YO

1 3/8 (Turf)

 

(Third leg of the Turf Tiara)

 

 

 

 

Sat., Sept. 7

Grand Prix American Jockey Club Inv.

 

300,000

3&UP

1  1/2

Sun., Sept. 8

Allied Forces

 

100,000

3YO

6 Furlongs (Turf)

Sat., Sept. 14

Pebbles

 

200,000

F3YO

1 Mile (Turf)

Wed., Sept 18

Joseph A. Gimma (NYB)

 

150,000

F2YO

7 Furlongs

Fri., Sept. 20

Bertram F. Bongard (NYB)

 

150,000

2YO

7 Furlongs

Sat., Sept. 21

Kelso (Hdcp.)

II

300,000

3&UP

1 Mile

Sat., Sept. 21

Noble Damsel

III

200,000

F&M 3&UP

1 Mile (Turf)

Sun., Sept. 22

Gallant Bloom (Hdcp.)

II

250,000

F&M 3&UP

6 1/2 Furlongs

Sun., Sept. 22

Ashley T. Cole (NYB)

 

125,000

3&UP

1 1/8 (Turf)

Sun., Sept. 22

John Hettinger (NYB)

 

125,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/8 (Turf)

 

Jockey Club Gold Cup Racing Festival

 

 

 

 

Sat., Sept. 28

Jockey Club Gold Cup (BC)

I

750,000

3&UP

1 1/4

Sat., Sept. 28

Vosburgh (BC)

I

300,000

3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Sept. 28

Beldame

II

300,000

F&M 3&UP

1  1/8

Sat., Sept. 28

Pilgrim

III

200,000

2YO

1 1/16 (Turf)

Sun., Sept. 29

Miss Grillo

II

200,000

F2YO

1 1/16 (Turf)

 

Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Racing Festival

 

 

 

 

Sat., Oct. 5

Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

I

500,000

3&UP

1 1/2 (Turf)

Sat., Oct. 5

Champagne (BC)

I

500,000

2YO

1 Mile

Sat., Oct. 5

Hill Prince

II

400,000

3YO

1 1/8 (Turf)

Sat., Oct. 5

Matron

III

150,000

F 2YO

6 Furlongs (Turf)

Sat., Oct. 5

Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

 

150,000

3&UP

6 Furlongs (Turf)

Sun., Oct. 6

Flower Bowl (BC)

I

500,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/4 (Turf)

Sun., Oct. 6

Frizette (BC)

I

400,000

F2YO

1 Mile

Sun., Oct. 6

Futurity (BC)

III

150,000

2YO

6 Furlongs (Turf)

 

BELMONT AT THE BIG A

 

 

 

Sat., Oct. 12

Sands Point

II

200,000

F3YO

1 1/8 (Turf)

Sat., Oct. 12

Floral Park

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs (Turf)

Sun., Oct. 13

Point of Entry

 

100,000

3&UP

1 1/2 (Turf)

Mon., Oct. 14

Knickerbocker

II

200,000

3&UP

1 1/8 (Turf)

 

Empire State Breeders' Showcase Day

 

 

 

 

Sat., Oct. 19

Empire Classic (NYB)

 

300,000

3&UP

1  1/8

Sat., Oct. 19

Empire Distaff (NYB)

 

250,000

F&M 3&UP

1  Mile

Sat., Oct. 19

Sleepy Hollow (NYB)

 

250,000

2YO

1 Mile

Sat., Oct. 19

Maid of the Mist (NYB)

 

250,000

F2YO

1 Mile

Sat., Oct. 19

Mohawk (NYB)

 

200,000

3&UP

1 1/16 (Turf)

Sat., Oct. 19

Ticonderoga (NYB)

 

200,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/16 (Turf)

Sat., Oct. 19

Iroquois (NYB)

 

150,000

F&M 3&UP

6 1/2 Furlongs

Sat., Oct. 19

Hudson (NYB)

 

150,000

3&UP

6 1/2 Furlongs

Sun., Oct. 20

Athenia

III

200,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/16 (Turf)

Sat., Oct. 26

Bold Ruler (Hdcp)

III

200,000

3&UP

7 Furlongs

Sat., Oct. 26

English Channel

 

100,000

3YO

1 Mile (Turf)

Sat., Oct. 26

Awad

 

100,000

2YO

1 Mile (Turf)

Sun., Oct. 27

Zagora

 

125,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/2 (Turf)

Sun., Oct. 27

Chelsey Flower

 

100,000

F 2YO

1 Mile (Turf)

Sun., Oct. 27

Pumpkin Pie

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

7 Furlongs


About the New York Racing Association (NYRA)

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) holds the exclusive franchise to conduct thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of New York State's thoroughbred industry, which is responsible for 19,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in annual economic impact to the State.

Over the course of 219 days of live racing in 2018, NYRA generated more than $2.1 billion in all-sources wagering handle with paid attendance exceeding 1.7 million for the fifth consecutive year.


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