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 20, returning on December 30. There will be holiday racing on Monday, February 21, meaning the office will be closed on Wednesday of that week.
For the 2022 racing season, we have two separate Horsemen’s Lounge areas to accommodate our horsemen while providing more space for safety during the ongoing pandemic.
The Horsemen’s Lounge on the second floor, which is connected to the box seat area, will only be available to race-day horsemen. Please check in upon arrival to receive a wristband for access throughout the day. Light snacks are available.
The Equestris on the third floor is a secondary lounge area for non-racing and race-day horsemen alike. While there is no formal meal service at this time, there will be complimentary light lunches, snacks and beverages available with ample tables. Please show your NYRA owner badge for admittance.
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.
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.
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