Sports fans are really spoilt by the amount of live action they can see when in New York. One of those popular days out is a visit to the races to either Aqueduct or Belmont Park, both of which hold top class racing at their tracks in the city.
If you have never been to the races before, here are some top tips to make the day a special one.
Check The Schedule For The Big Race Days
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Aqueduct and Belmont Park release their schedules for the year well in advance which allows you to plan which race day you would like to attend. If you want to see top Grade One races, such as the Cigar Handicap which was won by Sharp Azteca in 2017, choose one of the leading meetings. These get really busy though so you may need to book tickets in advance. On the other hand, if you prefer a quieter day, the midweek meetings may be for you as attendances are low for these which means you can turn up on the day and stroll around easily, while picking your spot in the grandstand to watch the racing.
Having A Bet
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Most people who go to the races for a day like to have a bet on the action to make it more interesting. If you are unsure on how to choose your selection, the race day programme will provide you with lots of information about the runners, riders and trainers on that day. You can also find tips and advice on the card online if you do your research beforehand. Odds for the big international races in horse racing such as the Grand National are available well in advance so you can place an ante-post bet before the day of the race if you want to take the fixed odds.
Dress For The Occasion
The dress code for the meeting you are attending are on the two racecourses’ websites. Some enclosures will require you to dress up, with a hat needed to be worn to enter. On most race days and stands though, you can dress as you like as they are very casual.
Food And Drink
If you really fancy making your day extra special, Aqueduct and Belmont Park provide brilliant hospitality. You can either choose to book a box for the day, which is a private area for you and your friends where food and drink can be added or you can book a spot in one of the restaurants. A range of options are available for food so if you fancy the fine dining experience, you are catered for, while others may just prefer a burger and a drink.
Aqueduct racecourse is accessible on the subway in which you need to take the A Train/Far Rockaway line to the North Conduit Station. A courtesy bus is then available to the Admission Gate. For those looking to go to Belmont Park, you need to take the F train to 169th street or 179th street then the N6 or the Q2 bus to Belmont. You also have the option of the E train to Jamaica Centre (Parsons Blvd) and then Q110 bus to Belmont.
Enjoy your day at the races and good luck if you are having a flutter.