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NYRA postpones start of racing at Belmont Park; no decision yet on Belmont Stakes

While the start of horse racing season at Belmont Park is being postponed from the original April 24 date, the New York Racing Association says it's committed to holding the Belmont Stakes in this year.

NYRA on Thursday announced the spring/summer meet will be delayed but did not set a new opening day. It continues to assess options for the Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 6, including shifting the third jewel of the Triple Crown to a later date.

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“We are working closely with the New York State Gaming Commission and public health officials to determine a timeline for the resumption of live racing at Belmont Park,” NYRA CEO and President Dave O’Rourke said in a statement. “The health and safety of our racing community is paramount, and any decisions or necessary adjustments to the racing schedule and operations must reflect that priority.”

The Kentucky Derby has already been rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Maryland Jockey Club has canceled infield activities for the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore but has not announced whether it would be held May 16 or a later date.

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Racing at Belmont Park is scheduled to go on through July 12 before New York racing shifts to Saratoga in upstate New York.

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