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Belmont Park to host full fall meet on site amid preparation for Islanders' arena construction

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Aerial view of Belmont Park is shown on July 1, 2019. A new arena for the New York Islanders will be built in the parking lot behind the race track grand stand. Credit: Newsday/John Keating

Belmont Park's entire 37-day fall meet will be run at the venerable track instead of having a portion of it at Aqueduct.

The New York Racing Association said Thursday that the current construction site preparation for the Islanders' new arena at Belmont Park is having less impact on racing operations than expected. As a result, the Belmont meet won't need to move to Aqueduct from Oct. 11-27 as originally planned.

The fall meet, featuring 45 stakes worth $11.52 million in purses, began Sept. 6 and ends Oct. 27.

Aqueduct will host its fall meet from Nov. 1-Dec. 1.

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