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Aqueduct


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Aqueduct History

Aqueduct, also known as the Big A, opened on 27 September 1894, and was to become one of America's most legendary tracks. The facility was given the name "Aqueduct", because the property belonged to the old Brooklyn Water Works, and was home to a conduit which channeled water to New York City from the Hempstead Plain.

It's the only racetrack in New York City and is home to the New York Racing Association's headquarters. Its sister track, Belmont Park, is eight miles away, and its neighbor is John F. Kennedy International Airport. It boasts its own station on the New York City Subway - Aqueduct Racetrack station, and a free shuttle bus, which is operated by NYRA, runs between the North Conduit Avenue station and the Clubhouse entrance.

But Aqueduct doesn't just play host to the horses. It's featured in a few Hollywood movies. In Lucky Number Slevin, it appears in a scene in the beginning of the movie, and also makes an appearance in A Bronx Tale, and A Shock to the System. In October 1995, it was privileged to be of service to Pope John Paul II, which said mass in front of a large crowd, and a flea market is held in the north parking lot every weekend.

The Big A is also the scene of the first, and currently, the only triple dead heat for win in a stakes race. It is one racing's landmark events, when on 10 June 1944, in running of the Carter Handicap, Brownie, Bossuet, and Wait A Bit hit the finish line at the same time. Legends like Man o'War, Sword Dancer, Kelso, Buckpasser, Dr. Fager, Secretariat, Forego, Easy Goer and Smarty Jones and Cigar, all got their rankings at Aqueduct. But the most famous of all, Cigar, received his name in the Hall of Fame, when he won the first two races of his 16-race winning streak. His second win came in the 1994 NYRA Mile, and the Grade 1 race is now named in the horse's honor, and is known as the Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile.

Due to the hostile weather conditions that reign throughout its racing season, few significant races are run at Aqueduct today.

Aqueduct Contact Info

Phone: (718) 641-4700

eMail: customerservice@nyrainc.com

Website: www.nyra.com/index_aqueduct.html

Physical Address: Aqueduct Racetrack
110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
Jamaica NY 11420

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


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