New York is an amazing place for horseracing, loaded with great tracks and prestigious events. In addition to a region filled with historical horseracing venues, there are also world-renowned events and great entertainment to be discovered.
Whether you’re looking for a fun evening out or something to base an entire vacation around you can’t go wrong. Not only will you be able to enjoy top notch thoroughbred and harness racing from wonderful venues but you’ll also be able to spend time in the greatest city on Earth!
The Aqueduct is located in the borough of Queens at the Ozone Park track. The venue hosts live thoroughbred racing from October through May.
The most well-known horse race for the region is the Belmont Stakes, hosted in June and the final leg in the Triple Crown. This is run at Belmont Park, just a few blocks down the road located in Elmont, NY. Each year “The Belmont” has live racing events May through July and September through October.
Across the Hudson River in New Jersey lies the Meadowlands sports complex. The Meadowlands Racetrack is located right outside the New York City in East Rutherford, and you can catch live thoroughbred racing there from the start of September through early November.
If it is harness racing that’s gotten your blood pumping then you will want to check out Yonkers Raceway located just above (north of) the Bronx. The raceway is home to year-round harness racing and has a wonderful history. Started in 1899 as the Empire City Trotting Club, between the years 1907 and 1943 thoroughbred racing took over. The now legendary Seabiscuit was one of the more famous horses to have graced the track.
In 1972 the Rooney Family purchased ‘Yonkers Raceway’ and brought back year-long harness racing to the venue. In June 2005 the complex underwent a thorough renovation which added gaming, restaurants, bars, International food court and a lounge. Today Yonkers Raceway remains one of the last year-long harness racing facilities in the country.
In addition to its thoroughbred racing, mentioned above, East Rutherford’s Meadowlands Sports Complex, simply known as “The Meadowlands“, hosts harness racing each year between late December through August.
Make a trip of it…
If you are on a short trip or vacation to see the races, why not check out some of the region’s sights and sounds while you are there? You will likely want to visit New York City. Each of the raceways mentioned above are all right outside the ‘Big Apple’. Checking out the many landmarks such as The Statue Of Liberty, Empire State Building and museums can all be done easily during the day.
As far as grabbing a bite to eat it would be a shame not to get a slice of New York pizza. Lombardi’s, located at 32 Spring Street, spins some of the best brick-oven pizza in all five boroughs. Jump right into one of the biggest debates within the city and try the fresh chopped clam topping! If you’re looking for something a little more upscale than a crowed pizzeria, there are many gems located in Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho.
Outside of the city lie many treasures well worth checking out as well. A short trip by ferry, train or car can have you at the Jersey shore at such wonderful locations as Cape May. If you’re looking for some nightlife and gambling Atlantic City is located a couple of hours from Manhattan and now has a direct trainline running. There is live horseracing in the Atlantic City area but most parts of the year races are simulcasts. Furthermore, worth mentioning is the city of Philadelphia, which is located closely between the two cities.
And of course a trip to New York would not be complete without a trip to Broadway! If you’re planning your trip in advance and would like to take in a show while you’re in New York, Broadway Tickets and Show Reviews – a New York City entertainment guide for reviews on musicals and plays and tips for finding Broadway tickets online can be found at http://www.reedstickets.net/broadway-tickets.html