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EXIT 6 I-678s ; off Van Wyck Expressway to Atlantic Ave
At the nearby Aqueduct Racetrack the world's most famous Thoroughbred Race Horse was honored by his working class fans in his final farewell. Also hear this here: If you claim it now by tapping the Deal Radar logo on your smart device, you can get a “Buy One Get One Free” admission ticket to Aqueduct Race Course at any time in the next year.
Ain’t America great!
Operating near the site of a former elevated aqueduct that sent water from Long Island to the Ridgewood Reservoir, the Queens County Jockey Club opened the Aqueduct Racetrack over one hundred twenty five years ago in 1894. Formerly situated in virgin Queens County farmland, today that farmland is middle class urban sprawl.
In 1973, despite Aqueduct traditionally being considered a track frequented by blue collar fans — in contrast to nearby Belmont Park which has a more upscale reputation — the Triple Crown Champion racehorse Secretariat was retired right here. As always responding to huge applause, Secretariat pranced proudly before his adoring public. The Virginia born winner of the Triple Crown was paraded for the last time and took his last steps on a public racetrack before he was then sent to stud at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.
Being “retired to stud” meant that the studly stallion went into a retirement with lots of adoring lady horses with whom he would attempt to produce many champion offspring. Lady horses are called mares and offspring are foals or colts. Anyways, I digress.
Sadly, Aqueduct Race Course has suffered from a general reduction in interest in the so-called Sport of Kings. So the owners of Aqueduct have broadened the racetracks money making options. Now there is a casino here. And regardless of the site being a mecca to gamblers, John Paul II celebrated Mass in front of a crowd of 75,000 at Aqueduct on October 6, 1995.
Other efforts have been made to increase business. The aforementioned casino was built in 2011. Aside from it being the first legal casino in New York City, Resorts World Casino is the only casino located in the five boroughs. In an effort to reduce labor costs, it features automated machine dealt poker, craps and thousands of slot machines.
Still, the continued success of Aqueduct is up for debate. At least the owners are trying everything. Mixing the sport of kings, with High Holy Popes, and low-brow gambling illustrates they will try anything to bring in the crowds.
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Like we said... Ain’t America great?
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