08/15/2002 12:00AM

NYRA asks for dark day 9/11


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association has sought permission from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to close Belmont Park on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to honor the memory of those lost in last year's attacks on the World Trade Center. The request also asks permission for Belmont to race on Monday, Sept. 9.

"With the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, we can best pay our respects to those who lost their lives in that tragic event by not racing on that day," Barry Schwartz, NYRA's chairman and CEO, said in a release. "A deep sadness and loss was felt by all New Yorkers that day, and we think this is the appropriate measure to take."

Patrons attending the races on Sept. 9 would receive free general parking and grandstand admission.