Following consultation with horsemen and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, the 37-day Belmont fall meet will be held in its entirety at Belmont Park.
On July 10, the New York Racing Association announced plans to conduct a portion of the 2019 fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack from Oct. 11 through Oct. 27 to ensure the continuity of racing operations in New York and best serve the interests of horsemen in light of the planned construction of a new arena at Belmont Park for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.
However, with the current construction site preparation proving less impactful to racing operations than expected, NYRA, with the support of NYTHA and its members, will host the full fall meet at Belmont Park.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer the entirety of the Belmont fall schedule at the facility where these races were meant to be run,” said NYRA CEO and President Dave O’Rourke. “This decision follows careful analysis of the nature of construction site activity and a series of productive meetings with horsemen.”
Beginning Sept. 25, live racing on weekdays at Belmont Park will adjust from the current 3 p.m. post time to a 1 p.m. first post. Saturdays and Sundays will continue to feature a first post of 1 p.m.