Business Group Urges Racing To Move From Aqueduct To Belmont Park

Permanently moving racing from Aqueduct to Belmont Park is a top priority of the Long Island Association, the largest business group on Long Island, according to a report in Newsday.

The Long Island Association is expected to announce the move as one of its top 18 priorities for 2018 during a luncheon on Wednesday, the paper reports.

The recommendation comes less than three months after plans were unveiled to use a portion of the Belmont Park property to build an arena for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League as part of a major sports and entertainment complex.

“If you had year-round racing there, you could really make the Belmont property a year-round sports and entertainment destination,” Kevin Law, the Long Island Association president, told Newsday. “The two uses will feed off of each other and free up Aqueduct for redevelopment.”

The New York Racing Association, which also operates its most successful race meeting in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, has yet to unveil plans to change its downstate racing schedule. There has been speculation racing at Belmont Park may be interrupted during construction of the hockey arena and that once the project is completed, Aqueduct would close.

Read more at Newsday.


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