NYRA NEWS RELEASE
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced adjustments to weekday post times for the portion of the upcoming fall meet that will be run at Belmont Park. Beginning on Friday, September 6, weekday live racing will feature a first post time of 3 p.m. to ensure the continuity of racing operations in light of the construction of a new arena at Belmont Park for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.
On weekdays, the Belmont Café will open for simulcasting at 12 p.m. with all entry gates open to the public at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays will feature a first post of 1 p.m. with entry gates open to the public at 11 a.m.
As previously announced, the first 23 days of the 37-day Belmont fall meet will be held at Belmont Park, kicking off on Friday, September 6 for an opening weekend slate highlighted by the third and final legs of the inaugural $5.25 million Turf Triple series.
Live racing will shift to Aqueduct Racetrack beginning on October 11 and continuing through October 27 before the traditional Aqueduct fall meet kicks into gear on Friday, November 1 and continuing through Sunday, December 1.
The 37-day Belmont fall meet includes 45 stakes worth $11.525 million in purse money – an increase of $1.45 million over 2018 – and will be highlighted by eight Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifiers held over two weekends.