A Brief History of Belmont Racetrack
Since May 1902, the Belmont Park Racetrack, operated by the non-profit New York Racing Association, has been a setting for greatness. Twelve Triple Crown winners, including legendary horses like Man o’ War and Seabiscuit, have showcased their amazing talents on this “Championship Track”.
The track, located just outside New York City, was designed to be the world’s most elaborate track in America, modelled after Europe’s grand race courses and is considered to be one of the most elite racetracks in the horse racing world, in league with Saratoga, Churchill Downs (Kentucky) and Santa Anita racecourses.
In 2004, Belmont hosted the largest crowd in its history; over 120 thousand people witnessed favorite Smarty Jones upset by Birdstone in a Triple Crown bid.
The Belmont Park race schedule of 2017 includes some of the most anticipated races of the New York Racing Calendar, the most prestigious being the Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½ mile race for three-year-olds.
The Belmont Stakes first took place in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack and since 1905, with exceptions, at Belmont Park. One of the most memorable races of all time was when Secretariat set an undefeated world record (2 min, 24 seconds) in his 1973 Belmont victory. To this day, a statue of the horse legend can be found in the paddock.
Prestigious Races to look out for:
- Jun 10: Woodford Reserve Manhattan, a 1 ¼ mile turf race for a pot of $1million
- Jun 10: Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap, a 1 ½ mile dirt race for a pot of $1.2million
- Jun 10: Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½ mile dirt race for a pot of $1.5 million
- Jul 08: Belmont Oaks Invitational, a 1 ¼ mile turf race for a pot of $1 million
- Jul 08: Belmont Derby Invitational, a 1 ¼ mile turf race for a pot of $1.2 million
How to get there:
Excited for race day?
Belmont Race Course (Belmont Park; 2150 Hempstead Turnpike: Elmont, NY 11003) is simple to get to via car, bus, subway or railway (for more information go to https://www.nyra.com/belmont/visit/map-and-directions).
Traveling by car?
If you are coming from Manhattan take the Queens Midtown Tunnel to Long Island Expressway, East to Cross Island Parkway, South to Exit 26-D. From Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island or New Jersey you will have to ensure you get North or South to Exit 26-D. If you are travelling from Connecticut and Westchester, take any route to Throgs Neck Bridge to Cross Island Parkway, South to Exit 26-D.
A number of local bus services will also get you to the track on race day. The N6, MTA Long Island bus, Q110 and Q2, are available to get to Belmont Park. Most of these will require you to transfer from the F Train at either 169th Street or 179th Street stations and will stop in the front, adjacent to or west of Belmont Park. There is also an alternate Bus Service at Queens Village (MTA) (check the schedules online).
You can also take the F train (Subway) to 169/179th Street and then proceed to take the N6 or the Q2 bus to Belmont. Alternatively, view the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train schedule to find out more information on taking the Railroad to Belmont Park, visit the LIRR website or call the LIRR’s 24-Hour Travel Information Centre at 718.217.LIRR (5477).
Where to wager?
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Upcoming Belmont Track Races:
Spring/Summer 2017 Meet
|Apr 28||Affirmed Success (NYB)||$100,000||4&UP|
|Apr 29||Elusive Quality||$150,000||4&UP|
|Apr 30||License Fee||$150,000||F&M 4&UP|
|May 05||Vagrancy Handicap (G3)
|May 06||Sheepshead Bay (G2)
|May 06||Westchester (G3)
|May 06||Fort Marcy (G3)
|May 07||Flat Out||$100,000||4&UP|
|May 13||Man O’ War (G1)
|May 13||Beaugay (G3)
|May 13||Peter Pan (G3)
|May 13||Ruffian (G2)
|May 14||Gold Fever||$100,000||3YO|
|May 20||Soaring Softly||$100,000||F3YO|
|May 27||Paradise Creek||$100,000||3YO|
|May 29||Mount Vernon (NYB)||$125,000||F&M 3&UP|
|May 29||Commentator (NYB)||$200,000||3&UP|
|May 29||Critical Eye (NYB)||$200,000||F&M 3&UP|
|May 29||Bouwerie (NYB)||$125,000||F3YO|
|May 29||Mike Lee (NYB)||$125,000||3YO|
|May 29||Kingston (NYB)||$125,000||3&UP|
|Jun 03||Pennine Ridge (G3)
|Jun 08||Wonder Again (G3)
|Jun 08||Intercontinental (G3)
|Jun 09||Belmont Gold Cup Invitational (G3)
|Jun 09||New York (G2)
|Jun 09||True North (G2)
|Jun 09||Bed O’ Roses Invitational (G3)
|Jun 10||Woody Stephens (G2)
|Jun 10||Ogden Phipps (G1)
|Jun 10||Easy Goer||$150,000||3YO|
|Jun 10||Woodford Reserve Manhattan (G1)
|Jun 10||Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1)
|Jun 10||Jaipur Invitational (G3)
|Jun 10||Longines Just a Game (G1)
|Jun 10||Brooklyn Invitational (G2)
|Jun 10||Belmont Stakes (G1)
|Jun 10||Acorn (G1)
|Jun 11||Jersey Girl||$150,000||F3YO|
|Jun 17||Dancin Renee (NYB)||$100,000||F&M 3&UP|
|Sunday, Jun 18||Poker (G3)
|Jun 24||Wild Applause||$100,000||F3YO|
|Jun 25||NYSS Cupecoy’s Joy||$100,000||F3YO|
|Jun 25||NYSS Spectacular Bid||$100,000||3YO|
|Jul 01||Mother Goose (G2)
|Jul 01||Perfect Sting||$100,000||F&M 4&UP|
|Jul 02||Saginaw (NYB)||$100,000||4&UP|
|Jul 03||State Dinner||$100,000||4&UP|
|Jul 08||Suburban Handicap (G2)
|Jul 08||Dwyer (G3)
|Jul 08||Belmont Sprint Championship (G2)
|Jul 08||Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1)
|Jul 08||Belmont Derby Invitational (G1)
|Jul 09||Victory Ride (G3)
|Jul 09||River Memories||$100,000||F&M 4&UP|
|Jul 15||Forbidden Apple||$150,000||4&UP|
|Jul 15||Rockville Centre (NYB)||$100,000||2YO|
|Jul 16||Lynbrook (NYB)||$100,000||F2YO|