Aqueduct Racetrack, in Queens, is a facility of such charmlessness that
its detractors believe it was designed by East German architects in the
1970s. The least glamorous of the New York tracks, it lacks a Triple
Crown race, like Belmont, or a high-society summer meeting, like
Saratoga. Aqueduct is open in the winter, when the best horses are in
Florida, and the only patrons are hard-knocking gambling addicts who
would play the horses on Christmas Day, if the track were open then.