Aqueduct Racetrack is a horse racing track in South Ozone Park, New York, in the borough of Queens, where thoroughbreds race from October to May.
Though less famous than nearby Belmont, Aqueduct hosts excellent racing, including the Wood Memorial every April, a test of three-year-olds headed to the Kentucky Derby.
Visiting Aqueduct Racetrack and Admission
Admission is free to all wagering areas, except Longshots.
If you go on a sunny winter day, it's a lot of fun to watch the horses race. Cold, windy, wet days are another story.
A day at the races is also great for people-watching. The adjoining casino at Aqueduct is now the bigger draw.
- Admission: free
Aqueduct Racetrack by the Numbers
- Main Course: 1 1/8 Miles
- Inner Dirt Course: 1 Mile
- Turf Course: 7/8 Mile
- Attendance Capacity: 40,000
- Trackside Dining: 1,200
Aqueduct Racetrack - By Driving, Subway, or Bus
- The A train to Aqueduct North Conduit Avenue
- Courtesy bus service is available to the Admission Gate from the subway.
- Q7, Q11, Q37, Q41.
Aqueduct Racetrack - Driving Directions:
From the Van Wyck: Exit 3, Linden Blvd. and follow signs to track.
From the Belt Parkway: East-bound Exit 19. West-bound Exit 18-B (Lefferts Blvd.). Then follow signs to track.
From Manhattan: Midtown Tunnel to the LIE-East (or the Triborugh Bridge to the Grand Central) > to the Van Wyck South > Exit #3 Linden Blvd. > Turn right on Linden and follow signs to track.
Parking: General parking is $7.
- Clubhouse Preferred Parking is $10.
- Valet Parking is $10.
Aqueduct Racetrack - History
Aqueduct opened on September 27, 1894, when Queens was still farmland and independent of New York City. In 1941 a new clubhouse and track offices were built. In 1959 a new track, the "Big A," opened up. In 1975 the inner track opened for winter racing.
Eating and Drinking at Aqueduct Racetrack
There is a range of food options at Aqueduct, from concession stands and deli, to a sports bar, and all the way to the upscale Equestris Restaurant.
- For reservations at Equestris Restaurant call 888-516-6972.
- Proper attire is required at Equestris.