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Belmont fall meet to be run in its entirety at Belmont Park

by NYRA Press Office



All live racing to feature 1 p.m. first post starting September 25

Following consultation with horsemen and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA), and the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC), the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that the 38-day Belmont fall meet will be held in its entirety at Belmont Park.

On July 10, NYRA announced plans to conduct a portion of the 2019 fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack from October 11 through October 27 to ensure the continuity of racing operations in New York and best serve the interests of horsemen in light of the planned construction of a new arena at Belmont Park for the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.

However, with the current construction site preparation proving less impactful to racing operations than expected, NYRA, with the support of NYTHA and its members, will host the full fall meet at Belmont Park.

"We're pleased to be able to offer the entirety of the Belmont fall schedule at the facility where these races were meant to be run," said NYRA CEO and President Dave O'Rourke. "This decision follows careful analysis of the nature of construction site activity and a series of productive meetings with horsemen."

Beginning on September 25, live racing on weekdays at Belmont Park will adjust from the current 3 p.m. post time to a 1 p.m. first post. Saturdays and Sundays will continue to feature a first post of 1 p.m. with entry gates open to the public at 11 a.m. To account for live racing on Columbus Day, October 14, that week will feature a Thursday-Monday schedule from October 10-14.

"NYTHA commends NYRA's flexibility in deciding to run the complete fall meet at Belmont Park and return to the traditional 1pm post time," said NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum. "This is an example of a deliberative process that was informed by direct communication between NYRA management and our trainers to get the right outcome for all parties."

The Belmont Café will open for simulcasting on live race days at 11 a.m., Wednesday through Sunday, as well as Monday, October 14, and will close for the remainder of 2019 on October 27.

The lucrative 38-day Belmont fall meet, highlighted by seven Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" events along with 45 stakes worth $11.525 million in purse money, kicked off on Friday, September 6 and will continue through Closing Day Sunday, October 27.

Vehicle access to Belmont Park will continue to be available only through Gate 5 off Hempstead Turnpike and Gate 8 off Plainfield Avenue. Direct access from the Cross Island Parkway to Belmont Park is no longer available.

During the fall meet at Belmont Park, patrons will have access to the first floor of the Grandstand along with the first and second floors of the Clubhouse. The Belmont Room and Top of The Stretch hospitality areas will remain open on live race days through October 27.

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.

BELMONT FALL MEET 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)

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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