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.
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Aqueduct Racetrack opened on September 27, 1894, on property that belonged to the old Brooklyn Water Works, which was home to a conduit that brought water to New York City from the vast Hempstead Plain. Also known as the Big A, Aqueduct is the only racetrack in New York City, occupying 210 acres in South Ozone Park in the borough of Queens. Just eight miles from its sister track, Belmont Park, Aqueduct's neighbor is John F. Kennedy International Airport, the top international passenger gateway in the United States.
From 1955-59, Aqueduct was rebuilt with a new grandstand, main track, barns, and accessory buildings. The new Aqueduct opened on September 14, 1959 to a crowd of 42,473 and rave reviews as the most up-to-date racing facility in North America. From 1963-68, during the reconstruction of Belmont Park, Aqueduct was the site of the Belmont Stakes.
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