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Monday, April 23, 2012
Breakfast by the track

By Michael Fenrich

It is an early Saturday or Sunday morning and the kids want to go somewhere. The parents are deciding what would keep the interest of the kids. Over at Belmont Park the thoroughbreds are training and it is a beautiful day.

“Breakfast at Belmont provides a wonderful opportunity for families to visit the racetrack during morning workout hours and see thoroughbreds up close as they train,” said Dan Silver, director of communications and media relations for NYRA. “This free program provides an exceptional introduction to Belmont Park and we hope many New Yorkers will take advantage of it this spring and summer.”

Mary Ryan a fixture at NYRA is in the Belmont Café hosting the Breakfast as she announces. Ryan points out trainers and jockeys who are on the track apron and gives information about the 2,000 thoroughbreds that are stabled at Belmont.

NYRA includes a tram tour that goes behind the scenes to show the stable area where the horses and their caretakers live. Fans get a look at the peaceful Belmont landscape.

After the tram tour, it is time for the starting gate demonstration where visitors see what it is like from a jockey and horse point of view, when the starting gate bell rings, they run out of their gate number just like a racehorse.

By the paddock in the beautiful backyard several NYRA employees and a retired racehorse show how a horse is dressed with all types of equipment.

What a way to start the day with breakfast by the track!