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US Officials Hoping To Avoid Belmont Parking Nightmare
Following lessons learned from last year's failed attempt by California Chrome to become the first horse to win the US Triple Crown since 1978, officials at New York Racing Association (NYRA) will implement a strategy to avoid a repeat of 2014's traffic gridlock at Belmont Park on the weekend. According to bloodhorse.com, the NYRA release noted: "Fans are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and build significant time into their travels to and from Belmont Park, particularly on Belmont Stakes day. Significant delays should be anticipated accessing and exiting the property, with fans encouraged to arrive early and stay late." The NYRA is also encouraging racegoers in the capped audience of 90,000 using public transport to pre-purchase round-trip tickets. Up to 90 minute boarding delays are expected for train travellers. Among improvements made at Belmont this year, where American Pharoah is the latest horse to attempt the elusive treble, is "a refurbished transit rotunda at the west end of the grandstand and new station platforms that will increase capacity from eight to 10 cars."