Belmont At The Big A

There’s a bit of a twist in the New York racing schedule this fall.

NYRA and crew always return downstate following the end of the Saratoga meet on Labor Day.

But this year, instead of the usual fall meet at Belmont Park, racing will move to Aqueduct for a 28-day fall meet which will be referred to as Belmont at the Big A.

A construction project building pedestrian and vehicular access tunnels into Belmont’s infield necessitated the move.

Racing will return to Belmont Park in spring 2023.

Belmont at the Big A is set to begin Thursday, September 15th and will run four days a week, Thursday to Sunday, through October 30th.

Racing fans can expect the usual high-class day in and day out racing they’d see at Belmont Park, except at Aqueduct instead.

There are plenty of important races- 41 Stakes including 23 Graded Stakes which will offer a total of $9.9 million dollars in prize money.

The headline races will be six Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In main events:

The Champagne Stakes (BC Juvenile) and the Miss Grillo Stakes (BC Juvenile Fillies Turf) will be ran on on October 1st.

While the Frizette Stakes (BC Juvenile Stakes) and Pilgrim Stakes (BC Juvenile Turf) will be held on October 2nd.

The final pair of Win and You’re In races will be the Vosburgh Stakes (BC Sprint) on October 8th, and the Futurity (BC Juvenile Turf Sprint) on October 9th.

Following the conclusion of Belmont at the Big A, the (actual) 29-day Aqueduct fall meet will run from Friday, November 4th through Saturday, December 31st.

So essentially, NYRA will be running at Aqueduct Park from September 15th through December 31st.

There will be a 10-day holiday break from December 19th to December 28th.

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