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My 2014 NYRA Calendar

The winter has been taking its toll on me recently and it wasn’t just the bitter cold temperatures and snow that hit the northern regions of the country. The way that some people go on and on about the weather made things that much worse for me. Add in all the talk of the polar vortex or the #polarvortex and I was starting to ice up. Then I realized that on top of all this I had not been to the racetrack since the Cigar Mile at the end of November 2013.
Warmer temperatures and a break in a very busy schedule allowed me to get to Aqueduct on Sunday to not only take a very small stab at the Pick 5, but to renew my media credentials for the year, and get my 2014 NYRA calendar.
On January 1st, the calendars were available at Aqueduct for $2 and this is by far my favorite NYRA promotional item. In case you weren’t able to get a NYRA calendar they are available on Ebay from $9 to a truly bizarre $37.99 or at the gift shop at the track.
Fortunately I was able to pick one up in the media office at Aqueduct. The calendar helped change my outlook on the winter. As I paged through the calendar the beautiful photos allowed me to relive highlights of 2013 and begin to plan for 2014.
I used the calendar to get the dates for the meetings at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. I also thought it might be helpful to all of you New York racing fans to get an early look at the dates for the big event days.
Feb. 1 – The Withers (G3) with the Correction, the Busher, and the Toboggan (G3)
March 1 – The Gotham (G3) and the Top Flight (G3) and the Tom Fool (G2)
April 5 – The $1,000,000 Wood Memorial (G1) including and undercard of the Ruffian (G2), Gazelle (G2), Bay Shore (G3), and Carter (G1)
May 1 – Belmont Park Spring/Summer meeting begins
May 26 – The Met Mile (G1) and the Acorn and the Ogden Phipps, both grade one events, and the Sands Point is a grade two
June 7Belmont Stakes Day with the Just A Game (G1), the Woody Stephens (G2), True North (G2), and the Manhattan Handicap (G1)
July 18 – Opening Day at Saratoga
July 26 – The Jim Dandy along with the Diana (G1) and the Prioress (G1)
August 23 – The Travers (G1) and the Ballston Spa (G2), the Kings Bishop (G1), and the Test (G1)
August 30Woodward (G1) Day includes the Forego (G1) and the Bernard Baruch (G2)
September 6 – Belmont Park Fall meeting opens
September 27 – The Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) with four other grade ones:  the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, the Beldame, the Flower Bowl, the Vosburgh, and the grade two Kelso
October 31 – Aqueduct Fall/Winter meeting opens
November 29 – The Cigar Mile (G1) featuring the Demoiselle (G2), the Remsen (G2), and the Comely (G3)
From the Kentucky Derby trail at Aqueduct, to the Midsummer Derby at Saratoga and on to Belmont Park’s Fall Championship, NYRA offers many of the best days of racing. Be sure to put these important dates on your 2014 calendars. 


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You definitely need to look ahead to the warm Spring, Matt. You guys have been in a new Ice Age up there this winter. Will you be at The Belmont again? Maybe Clearly Now will run in the True North. Only sad part of last year's trip was when he lost the Woody Stephens. That and the departure for the desert. P.S., TBG may have a Belmont runner!
Trying for the Belmont again but this time will definitely have a seat! Monsoon rains last out made it challenging, especially in getting back to the hotel and not knowing the city that well. Loads of fun however. ALMOST as good as Saratoga..but the company was superior
I always wanted to go to the Met Mile, gotta go for it this year
If someone is going for the Triple Crown this year, I'm going to try and make the trip.
I think I need to join you on at least three of these highlight days ;-)

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Meet Matt Shifman

Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.

Since 2012, Matt has been a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

Recently, Matt helped launch Derby Day Racing, a new 2-year-old racing partnership, that just purchased a promising Lookin At Lucky filly named Sooner Schooner.

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