Saddle Up For A Racing Roundup

And they’re off. Around the far corner and across the country, horse racing tracks are thundering into the winter season with new racing calendars, attractions, and upscale amenities for fast-action fans:

QUEENS, NEW YORK: Aqueduct, the noted venue adjacent to JFK International Airport, switches from the main track to the inner track — a sandier surface that makes for ideal action in the colder months.
(800) 221-6266, www.nyra.com

MIAMI: Gulfstream Park is jockeying for your attention by staging free rock concerts every Saturday and Sunday this winter. Watch the races, then listen to the likes of Don McLean and REO Speedwagon.
(800) 771-8873, www.gulfstreampark.com

SAN FRANCISCO: At Golden Gate Fields, take in the winter races from the newly remodeled Turf Club, which has mounted personal TV monitors on each of its 135 tables. If your horse doesn’t run well, the views of the Golden Gate Bridge are always a winner.
510) 559-7300, www.ggfields.com