The New York Racing Association has announced a pair of shipping incentive programs Dec. 30 that will return in 2019 at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park for horsemen based this winter in Florida or at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.
Horses that made their previous start at Oaklawn Park may be able to take advantage of a “Ship & Win” program, which includes a 30% purse bonus for their first two starts as well as a $1,500 shipping stipend for a start during either the Aqueduct spring or Belmont spring/summer meets, excluding stakes races.
Additionally, horses who made their previous start at either Gulfstream Park or Tampa Bay Downs may be eligible for a shipping subsidy for a start during the Aqueduct spring meet, excluding stakes races.
Owners who ship horses from Florida and make their first start from March 8 through March 31 will receive $2,000, while horses shipped in from the Sunshine State and make their first start from April 5 through April 20 will be credited $1,500.
First-time starters do not qualify for either program. NYRA reserves the right to determine eligibility of qualified starters.
The Aqueduct winter meet runs through March 31. The 12-day Aqueduct spring meet begins April 5 and will be highlighted by the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2) and four supporting graded stakes April 6. The Aqueduct spring meet concludes April 20, and live racing will then move to Belmont for its spring/summer meet that is expected to open April 26.