First race post is 12:30 p.m.
As the holidays come closer, there is a festive mood at Aqueduct and plenty of action to keep fans entertained.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2
The best of two great sporting worlds meet every Sunday during Aqueduct’s Fall Meet with the return of the popular Pick the Pros and Ponies Contest.
It’s a free contest, in which contestants must correctly pick the winners of four designated National Football League games as well as the winners of races 3 and 5 on the day’s card for the chance to win a $1,000 prize. All entries must be in by 1 p.m. Daylight Savings Time ends, so be sure to turn clocks back one hour on Saturday night.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Post time is 11:25 a.m. and the last race will go to post at approximately 3 p.m. to give fans a chance for an afternoon of racing before taking part in a festive holiday meal at home. The Fall Highweight Handicap, one of New York’s more popular races, is the day’s featured event.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28
It’s the biggest shopping day of the year, which is all the more reason to head to Aqueduct for a day of live racing, featuring the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap. Post time is 12:25 p.m. on this day.
HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE, REMSEN, DEMOISELLE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
The last Grade 1 race in New York for 2008, the $300,000 Cigar Mile tops a spectacular card that will also include two important Grade 2 races for two-year-olds, the Remsen and the Demoiselle for fillies. For many of these young horses, the Remsen and Demoiselle will mark their first tries at two turns and at a mile and an eighth. Strong efforts could make them horses to watch for in the 2009 spring Classics.
STOCKING STUFFER GIVEAWAY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6; SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
Receive a free giveaway item from a selection of 2008 Belmont Park and Saratoga items.
BIG A CLOSED Monday, December 15 - Thursday, December 25
Aqueduct will take a brief holiday recess with no racing scheduled Monday, December 15 through Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25. Aqueduct will re-open for racing on Friday, December 26.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2009
Fans will receive a free 2009 New York Racing Association calendar, which has a retail value of $10.
AQUEDUCT FACT SHEET
ADMISSION: Free. Gates open at 11 a.m.; 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 27.
PARKING: Free. An additional $3 charge for Valet Parking. Parking gates open at 9:45am on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27.
NYRA.com: Log on to http://www.nyra.com daily for the most comprehensive news at all NYRA tracks. The site continues to feature a wealth of information including entries, race results, live odds, live audio of race calls, the latest news, and a great deal more about Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Racecourse. Fans who have wireless technology can now access NYRA.com Wireless by typing NYRA.com into your wireless device.
DINING AT AQUEDUCT: Aqueduct offers numerous dining options -- from the elegance of the trackside Equestris Restaurant to the casual comfort of the Man o’ War Sports Bar. Concession stands are located throughout the track and the Aqueduct Food Court is located on the first floor of the Clubhouse.
* Equestris Restaurant: Equestris has a complete menu and full-service wait staff along with the best views at the Big A. There is a $1.00 seating charge. For reservations call Centerplate at 718-529-8700.
* Turf and Field Club: For your upscale Aqueduct Outing, fine food and luxurious accommodations available at affordable rates. Available for parties and seminars. For membership information, or to arrange a unique and elegant affair, contact Deborah Solomine at (718) 641-4700.
Equestris Dress Code
Neat Casual Attire
No shorts or abbreviated wear permitted.
Gentlemen – collared shirts required.
Management reserves the right to use its discretion to determine Neat Casual Attire.
* Corporate and Social Events: Aqueduct has become the venue of choice for both corporate and private functions. Beautifully appointed private rooms and pricing to suit all budgets are just a few reasons to book your event with us. Our professional staff can arrange accommodations for parties from 20 to 500. Breakfast meetings, employee and client appreciation, birthday and anniversary parties, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs…the list is endless! Please call the Group Events department for a brochure or to book your next event – (888) 285-5961.
DIRECTIONS TO AQUEDUCT
Charter Bus or car – from Manhattan
Midtown Tunnel to Long Island Expressway East, to Van Wyck Expressway South, to exit #3 – Linden Blvd. Turn right on Linden Blvd., follow signs to track entrance.
Belt Parkway East, to exit 19 – Lefferts Blvd. Make left onto Lefferts to North Conduit Ave. Left on North Conduit Ave to racetrack entrance.
From Long Island
Belt Pkwy West to Exit 18B. Racetrack is ½ mile on the right.
From Staten Island & Southern New Jersey
Verrazano Bridge to Belt Pkwy East to Exit 19 Lefferts Blvd. Make left turn to North Conduit. Left on North Conduit to racetrack entrance.
From Connecticut & Westchester
Any route to Whitestone Bridge. Take Van Wyck Expressway to Exit #3 – Linden Blvd. Follow Signs to track entrance.
From Northern New Jersey
George Washington Bridge to Cross Bronx Expressway, Throgs Neck Bridge to Cross Island Parkway South, to Belt Parkway West, exit 18B.
Local Bus Service
Additional Information call MTA (718) 995-4700. Q-11 from Queens Blvd. and Woodhaven Blvd. to Pitkin Ave & 97th Ave Q-41 from Jamaica to Rockaway Blvd. Q-7from Euclid Ave. Brooklyn to Rockaway Blvd.
Take the “A” Train to Aqueduct Station.