Corporate Name: The New York Racing Association, Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 90 Jamaica, New York 11417
110th Street and Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park, New York
11417 (click for map)
Telephone: (718) 641-4700
Fax: (718) 659-3509
Aqueduct opened on September 27, 1894, on property that
belonged to the old Brooklyn Water Works. The property was home to a conduit
that brought water to New York City from the Hempstead Plain. And thus, the
name “Aqueduct” was given to one of America’s storied tracks.
Aqueduct Racetrack is the second oldest of the three tracks on the NYRA
circuit and it, along with Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park, is
operated by The New York Racing Association, Inc., which in 2008 earned the
state franchise to operate these three tracks for another 25 years.
Since its inception, NYRA has contributed more than $3 billion in direct tax
revenue to the State of New York.
In 2013, Aqueduct will run a 71-day Winter/Spring Meet from January 1–April
21 and a 39-day Fall Meet from November 1–December 31. The biggest race of
the Winter/Spring Meet is the Grade I $1 million Resorts World Casino New
York City Wood Memorial, which will be run on April 6. The nine-furlong Wood
Memorial for 3-year-olds is New York’s major prep for the Kentucky Derby.
The biggest race of the Fall Meet is the Grade I Cigar Mile for 3-year-olds
and up on November 23.
The Big A has long been the scene of some of Thoroughbred racing’s landmark
events. It was here on June 10, 1944, that the first and only triple dead
heat in a stakes race took place when Brownie, Bossuet and Wait a Bit hit
the wire as one in the Carter Handicap. Horses like Man o’ War, Sword
Dancer, Kelso, Buckpasser, Dr. Fager, Secretariat, Forego and Easy Goer all
built their legends at Aqueduct.
In 1955-59, Aqueduct was rebuilt at a cost of $34.5 million to make it
racing’s state of the art facility. In fact, it cost more than the $30.7
million that would be spent on the “new” Belmont Park, because new stables,
accessory buildings and even a new racing strip had to be built. Aqueduct
re-opened on September 14, 1959 to a crowd of 42,473.
In 1975, Aqueduct opened its winterized one-mile inner dirt track, and as
part of Aqueduct’s 30th anniversary celebration in the fall of 1989, a new
$4 million weather-insulated paddock was unveiled, providing fans with a
clear view of the horses as they are being saddled.
On October 28, 2011, Genting's Resorts World Casino New York City opened its
doors. The casino features 5,000 video lottery terminals (VLTs), two fine
restaurants and extensive food courts and buffet options.
Officers: Patrick Mahony, Senior Vice President of
Pari-Mutuel Operations; David A. Smukler, Senior Vice President of Human
Resources & Labor Relations; Susanne Stover, Senior Vice President & Chief
Financial Officer; Tom Thill, Vice President & Chief Information Officer;
Rodnell Workman, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer; Kenneth Handal,
Acting General Counsel, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Vice President and Director of Racing: Paul J. Campo
Controller: Jelena Alonso
Vice President of Security: Sidney J. Anthony
Vice President of Simulcasting: Elizabeth Bracken
Vice President, Chief Audit Officer: Kimberleigh A. Hannan
Vice President of Facilities and Racing Surfaces: Glen Kozak
Vice President of Corporate Development: David O'Rourke
Vice President, Hospitality, Guest Services & Group Sales: Stephen
Director of Community Relations: Joanne K. Adams
Director of Communication: Eric Wing
Director of Admissions & Parking: Jerry A. Davis, Jr.
Assistant General Counsel: Pasquale Viscusi, J.D., LL.M.
Treasurer: Ross Didia
Director of NYRA TV: John Imbriale
Director, Horsemen's Relations: Carmen Barrera
Official Track Photographer: Adam Coglianese
Nearest City: New York City, 12 miles from Times Square to track
Nearest Airport: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK),
terminals 5 miles from track
Track Data: Main Course, 11/8-mile
oval, sandy loam; 100 feet wide, with 1‑mile chute; length of stretch, 1,156
feet; inner dirt course, 1 mile; inner turf course, 7 furlongs plus 43 feet
with 11/8-mile diagonal
chute; stable accommodations: 500 horses, 150 personnel, recreation
building, and cafeteria
Price of Admission: Free
Minimum Age Admitted: Children under 12 admitted only if under the
supervision of a parent or guardian at all times
Parking Facilities: General Parking $2; Clubhouse, $5. Valet parking
available at Casino entrance for $10 weekdays, $20 weekends