Few tracks have left such a lasting impression in the minds of horse racing fans as the classic Aqueduct racetrack. Located in South Ozone Park of Queens, New York, this thoroughbred venue takes its name from the old waterworks connecting the Ridgewood Reservoir and Long Island. It first opened its doors back in 1894 thanks to the hard work of the Queens County Jockey Club, and has ever since been a landmark of the greater New York state area.

The Aqueduct Racetrack has undergone important renovations throughout its century-old history, with the most relevant hiatus happening between the years of 1955 and 1959 when it remained closed to the general public. Additional improvements and upgrades have been performed over the years, with the most recent taking place during the early 2000's. The Equestris Restaurant, positioned within the premises of the park, is still one of New York's largest restaurants.

For most of its early record, Aqueduct's inner race track was a turf venue, later to modify itself into a dirt track, thus allowing races to take place within its premises for long periods of the year. After modifications conducted in 2017, the inner track was turned back into a turf track. Aqueduct has served as the hosting race track for many paramount events during its many decades of existence: between 1963 and 1967 it served as the residence for Belmont Park races, including the world-famous Belmont Stakes, and in 1985 it also hosted the Breeders' Cup.

Aqueduct's yearly racing schedule normally begins between October and November, and it goes without stopping until April. Among the many key races held there during the year we can find the Remsen and Cigar Mile races, plus the legendary Wood Memorial race closing up the winter meet period.

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Aqueduct Racetrack Facts:

  • Racecourse type: American Stakes Thoroughbred (dirt).
  • Location: South Ozone Park, Queens, New York.
  • Purse: varies.
  • Venue capacity: 40 thousand spectators.
  • Track length: 1 1/8 miles.