Live racing at Belmont Park extended through Sunday, November 7
by Pat McKenna
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that the Belmont fall meet, originally scheduled to conclude on October 31, will be extended to include three additional dates from Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 7. These dates were originally scheduled to be run at Aqueduct Racetrack as opening weekend of the Aqueduct fall meet.
New York State is continuing to operate a COVID-19 mass vaccination site throughout the first floor of Aqueduct. As a result, the facility remains closed to the public. In order to accommodate racing fans who would ordinarily experience the Breeders' Cup World Championships - slated for November 5-6 at Del Mar - via simulcast at Aqueduct, NYRA will shift the first three days of the Aqueduct fall meet to Belmont Park.
“NYRA is committed to supporting the ongoing effort to vaccinate New York, and Aqueduct Racetrack is an important piece of that puzzle,” said NYRA President & CEO Dave O’Rourke. “This schedule adjustment provides our fans the opportunity to experience world class racing on-track while enjoying Breeders’ Cup weekend at Belmont Park.”
Belmont Park will host five stakes originally scheduled for Aqueduct, beginning with the $150,000 Tempted and $100,000 Atlantic Beach on Friday, November 5. On Saturday, November 6, the stakes action will include the Grade 3, $150,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap and the $100,000 Stewart Manor. The extended Belmont fall meet will now conclude on Sunday, November 7 with the Grade 3, $150,000 Nashua.
The 15-day Aqueduct fall meet will now begin on Thursday, November 11 and continue through Sunday, December 5. A limited number of licensed owners, trainers and staff will be permitted on-site at Aqueduct. NYRA will provide updates with regard to fan access to Aqueduct Racetrack as new information becomes available.
America’s Day at the Races will present daily coverage and analysis of the fall meet at Belmont Park on the networks of FOX Sports. For the complete broadcast schedule, visit https://www.nyra.com/belmont/racing/tv-schedule.
NYRA Bets is the official wagering platform of Belmont Park, and the best way to bet every race of the fall meet. Available to horseplayers nationwide, the NYRA Bets app is available for download today on iOS and Android at www.NYRABets.com.