The New York Racing Association (NYRA) just announced that Belmont Park will add an additional week to its racing schedule, replacing the initial conclusion date of October 31st, to now Sunday, November 7th.
The extension includes three race dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, which overlap the Breeder's Cup broadcast.
The original plan was to have opening weekend at Aqueduct on those November 5-7 dates, but due to New York State's current project of operating a COVID-19 mass vaccination site, the track's first floor is occupied. As a result, the entire facility will remain closed to the public.
To accommodate racing fans who would have liked to experience the Breeder's Cup World Championship (on November 5-6 at Del Mar via simulcast at Aqueduct), the NYRA set out to shift the first three days of the Aqueduct fall meet to Belmont Park, giving fans the double enjoyment of still watching Live Racing at Belmont Park, while tuning in to the Breeder's Cup Championship Races from the opposite coast at Del Mar.
"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."
The following five stakes races will now be hosted by Belmont Park instead of Aqueduct:
$150K Tempted Stakes
$100K Atlantic Beach
Aqueduct Racetrack's 15-day Fall Meet will now begin on Thursday, November 11th through Sunday, December 5th. Due to protocol, only a limited number of licensed owners, trainers, and staff will be allowed on-site at Aqueduct. Fans must wait for updates from the NYRA regarding access to the track.
Source: NYRA News