Tidal Handicap

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The Tidal Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race contested on turf at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Run in early July, the Grade II event was open to horses aged three and older.

Belmont Park horse racing venue in New York

Belmont Park is a major Thoroughbred horse racing facility in the northeastern United States, located in Elmont, New York, just east of the New York City limits. Opened 114 years ago on May 4, 1905, it is operated by the non-profit New York Racing Association, as are Aqueduct and Saratoga Race Course. The group was formed in 1955 as the Greater New York Association to assume the assets of the individual associations that ran Belmont, Aqueduct, Saratoga, and the now-defunct Jamaica Race Course.

Elmont, New York Census-designated place in New York, United States

Elmont is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in northwestern Hempstead in Nassau County, New York, United States, along its border with the borough of Queens in New York City. It is a suburban bedroom community located on Long Island. The population was 33,198 at the 2010 census.

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The third of Belmont Park's four major summer grass races for older horses, the unofficial series began with the Red Smith Handicap (G-2) in early June, followed by the Bowling Green Handicap (G-1) in mid June, and finished with the Sword Dancer Handicap (G-1) at the end of July.

Previously, the Tidal Handicap had been run at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Selected winners of the Tidal Handicap

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