Grandstand Admission: $1
Clubhouse Admission: $3
Major Races: $150,000 First Flight Handicap; $150,000 Long Island Handicap; $150,000 Red Smith Handicap; $350,000 Cigar Mile; $200,000 Remsen Stakes; $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes
Nearest City: New York City
Nearest Airport: John F. Kennedy International
Track History and Fun Facts: Aqueduct commenced its inaugural meet on September 14, 1959 . . . it's actually the second New York track to bear the name; the first, located on almost exactly the same plot of ground, was demolished in the mid-1950's . . . the furlong pole from the orginal Aqueduct can be found in the garden area behind the grandstand of the present-day track; there is also a historical marker commemorating the 1920 Dwyer Stakes, in which Man o'War defeated a very game John P. Grier by 1 1/2 lengths . . . Hall of Famer Kelso won 20 of 27 career starts at Aqueduct. . . while Belmont Park was being rebuilt, Aqueduct, from 1963-'67, hosted the Belmont Stakes; the winners of those renewals, in chronological order, were Chateaugay, Quadrangle, Hail to All, Amberoid, and Damascus. . . Aqueduct was the first New York track to host a Breeders' Cup--this took place on November 2, 1985 . . . the Cigar Mile is named for the horse who won the race (then the NYRA Mile) in 1994.
Aqueduct is also the site of the first, and presently, the only triple dead heat for win in a stakes race. In the 1944 running of the Carter Handicap, Brownie, Bossuet, and Wait A Bit hit the finish line at the same time.
On April 8, 2006, during an eleven-race program at Aqueduct that included the Wood Memorial Stakes, a rare event happened when dead heats for each of the three "money" positions (Win, Place and Show) occurred in three separate races. Saint Anddan and Criminal Mind dead-heated for Place in race 5, Naragansett and Emotrin dead-heated for Show in race 6, and Karakorum Tuxedo and Megatrend dead-heated for Win in race 10.