OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will drop six scheduled live race days from the Aqueduct winter/spring meet calendar, a decision approved by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Thursday afternoon.

The following dates will be dropped from the live racing calendar:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The date reduction, which is supported by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB), was one of several equine safety initiatives approved by the NYRA Board at its most recent meeting on Friday, January 25.