On Saturday, June 8, the Belmont Stakes, the last leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, will be run at Belmont Park in Elmont. The final contest of the competitive season, this prestigious race is run by the best horses in the world. If you’re looking to catch some of the action, here’s a guide to the entire Belmont Stakes 2019 weekend.
An Early Guide to the Belmont Stakes 2019
For those unfamiliar with the race, the Belmont Stakes 2019 is only open to three-year-old thoroughbred horses. It is also called “The Test of Champions”’ due to its extreme length. At a mile and a half, it’s the longest of the three Triple Crown races, and one of the longest dirt tracks in the nation.
At the end of the race, the winning owner receives a silver trophy and the horse is draped in a blanket of white carnations, earning Belmont the additional nickname of “The Tournament of Carnations.”
Believe it or not, this track has seen two Triple Crown winners since 2015: American Pharaoh and Justify. Here’s to hoping another is on the horizon!
The Big Weekend
The Belmont Stakes 2019 weekend officially begins on Thursday, June 6 and runs through to the race on Saturday, June 8. So, if you’re looking to attend, here is what you can expect on each day of festival weekend.
Thursday at the Belmont Stakes is Community Day, where they honor the work of local and regional non-profits and service providers. However, there will still be plenty of races to bet, including the big Low Roller Contest. At the end of the evening, there will be live music and drink specials at the Top of the Stretch.
Besides all of the races on Friday, they will also be hosting a Craft and Vendor Fair in the Grandstand from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There, you can find local artisan goods like jewelry, home décor, baked goods, apparel and cosmetics.
Saturday is the big day. Although there are post times all day long, the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes 2019 will begin at approximately 6:37 p.m. After all of the festivities conclude, multi-platinum musician Flo Rida will be on-hand for a post-race concert.
The entire weekly schedule can be found here.