New York state currently requires all racetracks to operate without spectators in attendance to combat the spread of COVID-19.
With 42 stakes races on offer worth $4.57 million in purse money, the winter meet begins Thursday, December 10 and runs through Sunday, March 28 featuring four graded races. Live racing will generally be conducted Thursday through Sunday until the end of February with a holiday season break set for December 24 -27 and the addition of special Monday cards offered January 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and February 15 for Presidents’ Day.
Live racing in March will be offered Friday through Sunday through the conclusion of the winter meet on March 28.
The 11-day 2021 Big A spring meet will run Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, April 18 with live racing returning to a Thursday to Sunday schedule featuring 13 stakes valued at $2.7 million and highlighted by the 96th running of the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on Saturday, April 3.
Fans are encouraged to sign up for a NYRA Bets account to watch and wager from anywhere. Plus, earn points and cash when you play special promotions, offered every day.
Since 1894 Aqueduct Racetrack, dubbed the Big A, has provided New York City with the finest racing experience. Over the century, the facility has been updated to accommodate the latest innovations in the horse racing industry.
Improvements to the Big A experience include installation of hundreds of new HD televisions, and new HD video boards across the property; installation of Trakus technology for horseplayers; installation of new, airport-style seating, the opening of a new horsemen's lounge and installation of vibrant, equine-themed urban murals throughout the grandstand and clubhouse. Rain, snow, or shine - be ready for the bugle's First Call.