Today, Belmont and Aqueduct will offer wagering on the 13-race Black-Eyed Susan Day card at Pimlico, as well as advance wagering on tomorrow’ Preakness. Also available is wagering on the Pimlico Special/Preakness Double. Advance and race day wagering will also be available through Telebet (opening at 9 a.m. both days) and NYRARewards.com<http://www.nyrarewards.com/>. NYRA will offer wagering on tomorrow’s President’s Cup Arabian Race, but will not offer today’s Jockey Challenge wager.
First race post at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day is 12 noon and parking lots at Belmont Park (free general parking) and Aqueduct ($2 parking fee) will open as regularly scheduled at 11:15 a.m., with admission gates opening at 11:30 a.m. Voucher sellers and self-service windows will open at 11:30 a.m.
Live tellers will be available from 12:15 p.m. until after the Pimlico Special (approximate post 5:51 p.m.). Clerks will then be available only on the first floor at Aqueduct and the Belmont Café at Belmont.
Tomorrow, first post at Pimlico is 10:30 a.m.
Accordingly, parking gates at Aqueduct and Belmont will open at 9:45 a.m., with admission gates following at 10 a.m.
Voucher sellers, live tellers and self-service windows will commence business at 10 a.m. on the first floor at both tracks and the Belmont Café at Belmont. Windows will remain open in all areas until after the Preakness (approximate post 6:18 p.m.), after which clerks will be available only on the first floor at Aqueduct and the Belmont Café at Belmont.
THIRD RACE: Trickmeister took control at the start and held off a challenge from favored Stay Thirsty to win the $88,200, Vanlandingham Stakes. Ramon Dominguez rode the Richard Dutrow Jr. trainee to victory. This was the sixth victory in seven career starts for Trickmeister, who ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1:39.86, just .48 of a second off the track record set by Birdrun on Oct. 21, 2009.
NINTH RACE: Going into the last race, there was only one horse, She Is a Lioness, that would give one lucky person a Pick Six payoff of $319,939.
But favored Margaret Lilian took care of that by drawing off to an impressive maiden victory in the finale. She Is a Lioness was never a serious threat but did finish third.
Cons. (5of6) paid $6,231
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