40-day Saratoga meet to open July 15
OZONE PARK — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the 2021 NYRA racing calendar, which calls for 202 live race days at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
Live racing is currently being conducted at Aqueduct, where the 2021 winter meet continues through March 28. Following the conclusion of the 2021 winter meet, the 11-day spring meet will open on April 1 and conclude on April 18.
Following the conclusion of the 2021 Aqueduct spring meet, live racing will shift to beautiful Belmont Park for a 48-day spring/summer meet, which is highlighted by the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes on June 5. The 2021 spring/summer meet will run from April 22 through July 11. Live racing will generally be conducted 4 days per week throughout the spring/summer meet, Thursday-Sunday.
The 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will open on July 15 and continue through Labor Day, Sept. 6. Following opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days a week with the exception of the six-day closing week. The summer meet is anchored by the 94th running of the Whitney on Aug. 7 and the 152nd running of the Travers on Aug. 28.
Following the conclusion of the 2021 summer meet, live racing will return to Belmont for a 28-day fall meet, which will open on Sept. 16 and continue through Oct. 31. Live racing will generally be conducted four days per week throughout the fall meet, Thursday-Sunday.
Racing returns to the Big A on Nov. 5 for an 18-day fall meet that will run through Dec. 5. The Aqueduct winter meet will then begin on Dec. 9 with the 2021 schedule to conclude on Dec. 31.
To mitigate risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19, New York state currently requires all racetracks to operate without spectators in attendance and with a series of health and safety guidelines in place. A limited number of owners licensed by the state are currently permitted to attend live racing on the day their horse is entered.