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Aqueduct Racetrack - Horse Racing Track in South Ozone Park, Queens

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Grandstands at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City

Grandstands at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City

Photo (c) John Roleke

Catch the Ponies at the Track:

Aqueduct Racetrack is a horse racing track in South Ozone Park, New York, in the borough of Queens, where thoroughbreds race from October to May.

Though less famous than nearby Belmont, Aqueduct hosts excellent racing, including the Wood Memorial every April, a test of three-year-olds headed to the Kentucky Derby.

Aqueduct Racetrack - Schedule:

Aqueduct's Fall Season runs from late October until December 31 with post times at 12:30 p.m.

Winter/Spring Season is from January 1 to Sunday, April 22. Post times are 12:30 p.m. from January 1 to March 6, and 1 p.m. from March 9 to May 1.

  • During the winter racing is on the inner track. Usually by early March the horses move to the main track.
  • No races on most Mondays and Tuesdays, called "Dark Mondays" and "Dark Tuesdays," except for holidays. See official Aqueduct's site for all schedule details.
  • Gates Open: 11 a.m.

Visiting Aqueduct Racetrack and Admission:

One of the best times to visit is the winter. Admission is free from January 2 to early March and parking is free too.

If you go on a sunny winter day, it's a lot of fun to watch the horses race. Cold, windy, wet days are another story. Admission to the clubhouse, however, is now free.

A day at the races is also great for people-watching. The adjoining casino at Aqueduct is now the bigger draw.

  • Grandstand Admission: free
  • Free from January 2 to March 7.
  • Clubhouse Admission: free

Aqueduct Racetrack by the Numbers:

  • Main Course: 1 1/8 Miles
  • Inner Dirt Course: 1 Mile
  • Turf Course: 7/8 Mile
  • Attendance Capacity: 40,000
  • Trackside Dining: 1,200
Planning to bet at Aqueduct? You may only wager with cash, no credit cards.

Aqueduct Racetrack - By Subway or Bus:

Subway:
  • The A train to Aqueduct North Conduit Avenue, or
  • The A train -- north-bound only -- to the Aqueduct Racetrack Station. Subway stops at this station only on race days, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Courtesy bus service is available to the Admission Gate from the subway.
Buses:
  • Q7, Q11, Q37, Q41.

Aqueduct Racetrack - Driving Directions:

From the Van Wyck: Exit 3, Linden Blvd. and follow signs to track.

From the Belt Parkway: East-bound Exit 19. West-bound Exit 18-B (Lefferts Blvd.). Then follow signs to track.

From Manhattan: Midtown Tunnel to the LIE-East (or the Triborugh Bridge to the Grand Central) > to the Van Wyck South > Exit #3 Linden Blvd. > Turn right on Linden and follow signs to track.

Parking: General parking is $1.

  • Free from January 2 to March 7
  • Clubhouse Preferred Parking is $5 total.
  • Valet Parking is $5.

Aqueduct Racetrack - History:

Aqueduct opened on September 27, 1894, when Queens was still farmland and independent of New York City. In 1941 a new clubhouse and track offices were built. In 1959 a new track, the "Big A," opened up. In 1975 the inner track opened for winter racing.

Eating and Drinking at Aqueduct Racetrack:

There are a range of food options at Aqueduct, from concession stands and deli, to a sports bar, and all the way to the upscale Equestris Restaurant.
  • For reservations at Equestris Restaurant call 718-529-8700.
  • Proper attire is required at Equestris.

Aqueduct Racetrack Address:

Aqueduct Race Track
110-00 Rockaway Blvd
South Ozone Park, NY 11417
Directions to Aqueduct

Mailing Address:
New York Racing Association
PO Box 90
Jamaica NY 11417

Slot Machines and Gambling at Aqueduct:

After years and years of delays, there is now a casino at Aqueduct. New York State approved "racinos" -- video slot gambling at racetracks in 2001 -- but the site in Queens didn't open until 2011. Here are more details on gambling at Aqueduct, the only legal casino gambling operation of size in New York City.
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