As two-thirds of the Triple Crown are completed, we’re just a couple of weeks away from the Belmont Stakes. So it’s time to grab your derby hats, place your bets and get ready for the final horse race. Experience the thrill starting at the 147 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Join in the excitement all weekend as events and races lead up to the big Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival
Spend your weekend in the racing spirit at the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Each day features different races at different miles and furlongs, as well as different horses and ages. The races are valued at $250,000 to $1.5 million, valuing the 17 races a total of $10 million.
Thursday, June 4
The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival begins with the 104th Running of Astoria, the first race being two year old fillies ready to take on the Belmont track. The following race is the Intercontinental, dedicated to the Breeder’s Cup winner of 7 Furlongs or 7/8 of a mile.
Friday, June 5
Don’t miss out on Friday! With five stake races at $1.2 million, you can bet on Grade 2 mares and fillies of four and three year olds. The day also features the Astoria’s twin race and the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational.
Saturday, June 6
Wrap up the festival with the 147th running of Grade 1 and the ending of the Triple Crown races. But first, spend the day experiencing other Grade 1 races including the Metropolitan Handicap, Manhattan, Ogden Phipps and Acorn races. Each race ranges from $700,000 to $1.5 million.
The Belmont Race
Continuing with tradition, the biggest race of the year will feature top Grade 1 horses participating in the Belmont Stakes, as many have since 1867. Belmont is also the longest race of the Triple Crown, equaling 1 ½ miles long. Close out the races right here in Elmont, Long Island and indulge in everything Belmont has to offer.
View the traditional Blanket of Carnations, made with white carnations, the official flowers of the track, symbolizing luck and love. Seven-hundred white carnation will lay atop the winning horse.
Don’t forget to try the official drink of the track, the Belmont Jewel. With lemonade, pomegranate juice and Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon, it’ll get you right into the racing spirit.
What would a festival be without music? Saturday’s racing festival will feature the Goo Goo Dolls, Broadway’s Jersey Boys and the USMA West Point Cadet.
At least 23 horses have taken a shot at the Triple Crown victory, but only 11 have succeeded at Belmont. Yet another horse will search for the Triple Crown prize this year. That horse is, American Pharaoh. The two-time winning horse could have, at most, eight competitors on the June 6 race. Trainer Bob Baffert is looking forward to his fourth attempt at winning the Belmont Stakes. American Pharaoh has come out on top despite messy tracks during the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Now Belmont closes in, Baffert is hoping for a fast paced race and has plenty of confidence in American Pharaoh.
Tickets are still available for general admission and grandstand and you could watch history in the making if American Pharaoh takes first place. Sip the Belmont Jewel and place your bets. Don’t miss out on the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival and make sure you get there safely and as speedy as the horses racing. Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service can provide transportation throughout the festival. Make a reservation online or call us at location near you. Good luck!