Tuesday, May 17, 2011
PREAKNESS, BLACK-EYED SUSAN SIMULCASTS AVAILABLE AT BELMONT AND AQUEDUCT
ELMONT, N.Y. – Live Triple Crown action returns to New York on June 11 with the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes. This weekend, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack are the best places to watch simulcast action from Pimlico Race Course, home of the second jewel of the Triple Crown, in addition to quality live racing in New York.
On Friday, May 20, Belmont and Aqueduct will offer wagering on the 13-race Black-Eyed Susan Day card at Pimlico, as well as advance wagering on Saturday’s Preakness. Also available on-track and through Telebet is wagering on the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double.
On Preakness Day, Saturday, May 21, first post at Pimlico is 10:45 a.m. Accordingly, parking gates at Aqueduct and Belmont will open at 10 a.m., with admission gates following at 10:15 a.m. Telebet will open at 10 a.m. while voucher sellers, live-teller and self-service windows will commence business at 10:15 a.m. Windows will remain open in all areas until after the Preakness (approximate post 6:19 p.m.), after which clerks will be available only on the first and third floors at Aqueduct and the first floor grandstand and Belmont Café at Belmont.
All of Belmont’s regular food offerings will be available on both Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Days, with the brand new Heritage Club Bar on the third floor remaining open late on Preakness day. At Aqueduct, the Hello Deli and Champs Sports Bar on the first floor and Café Espresso and the Manhattan Terrace on the third floor will be open on both Friday and Saturday.
LIRR direct service to Belmont Park will operate as scheduled on Friday, with a complete schedule available at http://www.mta.info/lirr. On Friday and Saturday, the final LIRR train will depart Belmont Park at 6:45 p.m. rather than the regularly scheduled 6:27 p.m. departure time to allow fans to watch the Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness. A single shuttle runs from Belmont Park to the Queens Village LIRR station 30 minutes after the completion of the full simulcast program at Belmont on all live racing days.
At Aqueduct, a courtesy shuttle from the North Conduit subway stop will run from 8 a.m. until 30 minutes after the final simulcast race. Fans planning to drive to Aqueduct should be advised that the Rockaway Blvd. entrance is now closed due to construction. >From the East, take the Belt Parkway to exit 19 and follow the signs toward Lefferts Blvd. and Aqueduct Racetrack. From the West, follow the Belt to exit 18-B for Lefferts Blvd. and enter the track at the entrance off Conduit Ave. to the right.
In addition to all of the simulcast action from Maryland, Belmont offers great live racing on both Friday and Saturday, which features the 36th renewal of the Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap run at a mile for fillies and mares.
Fans who want to earn rebates on their wagers can get paid to play with NYRA Rewards, the wagering program that offers cash back just for betting on the races, whether it’s on NYRA races or simulcast events! Members can earn points through on-track self-service wagering terminals, phone wagering with Telebet, with NYRA Rewards Internet Wagering and on mobile devices such as Blackberrys or iPhones. Enrollment is free and available only to customers 18 years and older. To sign up or for more information, visit http://www.nyrarewards.com, call 1-800-THE-NYRA, or stop by a customer service booth on-track.
The 56-day Belmont Park spring/summer Meet runs April 29 through July 17, with live racing Wednesday through Sunday. On most days, gates open at 11:30 a.m. and first post is at 1 p.m. General parking is free, except on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 11. There is no live racing on Mondays or Tuesdays, with the exception of Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 and Monday, July 4. Belmont Park will be dark on Sunday, June 12. Visit http://www.NYRA.com for more information.