Belmont Park Races

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When people refer to horseracing in New York they are invariably focussing on the three largest racetracks in the state. These are Saratoga, the Aqueduct and Belmont Park and all three, under the control of the New York Racing Association, share the most popular and highest prestige races by season.
Saratoga is the most northerly course, in upstate New York, while the other two can be accessed easily by visitors and residents of New York City.

Belmont Park Races, inside rail Although technically only the Aqueduct is located within the city limits, Belmont Park is situated in Long Island, close to Queens and the Belmont Park races are amongst the most highly regarded in America.

Belmont Park takes its turn at hosting races in May, July, September and October and the course is characterised by its refined elegance in the true style of classic horseracing. Very much an elite course, the ivy-clad brickwork and strong historical race connections are suited perfectly to the suburban locale of the track and offer racegoers a day at the races in an environment synonymous with the finest racecourses in the world.

Style is nothing without quality racing and Belmont Park Races are of a standard which gives the course its nickname of the Championship Track.

The nickname derives in the main from the hosting of the Belmont Stakes which is the final leg of the Triple Crown, won eleven times and all winners have raced at Belmont. Held each year in June, the Grade I race is a 1 1/2 mile contest for the best geldings, colts and fillies and as the highlight of the racing calendar is a fantastic social and race experience enjoyed by huge crowds. In 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes in a time of 2 minutes 24 seconds, a world record over the distance on dirt and a record which still stands today.

There are many other notable Belmont Park races held on the dirt track, including the Suburban Handicap, the Metropolitan 'Met mile' Handicap, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. The turf track hosts further fixtures such as the Man O' War Stakes, the Bowling Green Handicap, and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational. Keenly attended races open to New York trained horses only are held during the Fall Championship meeting.

The facilities at Belmont are extensive with the main grandstand capable of accommodating over 100,000 people, 33.000 of them seated. In addition to what is the largest grandstand in horseracing there is the Churchill Downs Stand which can seat 51,000 more racegoers and a Backyard enclosure of the grandstand which has the space and facilities for a further 10,000.
Belmont Park Races, winner

The Trackside Apron provides an additional space in which racegoers will find bench seating and picnic tables. Free seating is available at all events on a first come first served basis.

Belmont Park Races, photo finish A range of reserved seating options are available too. A seat within the Grandstand and Clubhouse can be reserved during holidays and weekends, with seasonal deals also available. The best value deals are obtained by choosing a hospitality package with a basic Clubhouse Fast Track package. This includes admission into the Clubhouse and a race program for the day’s events.

An alternative which comprises Clubhouse admission, parking, program and a full luncheon is the Track Pack option. For those who prefer the Grandstand, the Best Bet package allows access to this area plus a hot dog, soda, and program. There are many more dining options for racegoers to Belmont Park races, from fine restaurants to fast food stands.