Citing Lower Impact From Construction, NYRA Staying Put For Belmont Fall Meet

by | 09.19.2019 | 1:21pm
Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

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) announced on Thursday 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

 

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