The Belmont Stakes, which takes place at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, is one of the biggest horse races anywhere in the world and such is the international appeal, fans of the sport from around the globe travel to the course in June to see the best three-year-olds pit against each other in the 2400 metre contest.
If you have never been to the races before, this is a brilliant day to make your first. You don’t have to know anything about horse racing to enjoy your day as there are a range of activities at the track for you to get involved in, while it is a brilliant social occasion to have a drink with friends in front of the sun.
In 2014, a crowd of 102,199 turned up to the meeting, where the feature race was won by Tonalist who was trained by Christophe Clement. A year later, 90,000 were there to see American Pharoah complete the final leg of the Triple Crown as he also claimed the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes going into the contest.
This year’s race is a little more special, as it is the 150th running. If you are looking to attend, keep an eye on the results of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes because if the same horse wins those races, there is likely to be added interest in the Belmont Stakes which is known as ‘The Test of the Champion’.
If you are looking to have a bet on the day, just like with all the leading international races such as the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Grand National, tips and all the information on the runners can be found over at Timeform, so you can do your reading beforehand to be full prepared.
How to Get To Belmont Park?
For those driving to Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes day, leave extra time for your journey, as the roads leading up to the course are likely to be extremely busy. You can park close to the venue but again, these spaces operate on a first come, first served basis. Spectators travelling from Manhattan need to take the Queens Midtown Tunnel to Long Island Expressway. You then should head east to Cross Island Parkway, before driving south to Exit 26-D.
The majority of the spectators who visit Belmont Stakes day do so by subway. If you take the F train to either 169th Street or 179th Street, the N6 or Q2 bus then serves the course. The other option is to board the E train to Jamaica Street and then connect on the Q110 bus to Belmont.
Dress Code On The Day
Elegant attire is recommended by the racecourse to help keep with tradition. If you are attending one of the hospitality boxes though, gentleman are required to wear a collared shirt, while women are asked to come in either a suit, dress or pant suit.
Enjoy your day at the Belmont Stakes – it’s sure to be a memorable day and one which you will want to do all over again.