Belmont Races

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The New York Racing Association controls all the racecourses in the state and there are many for race-fans to choose from. In the vicinity of New York City there are two and they are among the most important in the United States.

Belmont Races, inside rail Within Queens lies the Aqueduct and in nearby Nassau County is Belmont Park, a racecourse which blends all the classic allure of a traditional course with superb facilities and of course first class horseracing. Belmont races are held from May to mid-July and from mid-September to October and they attract avid racegoers as well as those looking for fun activities in and around New York City.

The suburban setting of Belmont suits the course perfectly and the ivy-covered grandstand is an appealing feature of this elegant racetrack. The obvious visual appeal of the course complements the quality of the racing and Belmont is often termed the Championship Track to denote its stature in hosting races which are competed by the very finest horses in racing history.

All eleven Triple Crown winners have raced here and it is considered to be one of the world's elite racecourses. The main event at the course is the Belmont Stakes which is the third part of the Triple Crown, held in June after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

It is a Grade I race for colts, geldings and fillies contested over one and a half miles and draws fantastic crowds for the event. Secretariat holds the record time for the event, of 2 minutes 24 seconds, in 1973, and the record stands to this date as the fastest time over 1 ½ miles on dirt. A statue of the famous horse is situated in the paddock.

Other notable Belmont races held on the dirt track include the Suburban Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Further races on the turf track include the Man O’ War Stakes, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, and the Bowling Green Handicap. In addition to the superb Belmont races in the spring and summer fixtures there is a Fall Championship meeting in which New York bred horses compete.
Belmont Races, winner

There are two main Grandstands at Belmont, one of which is the largest in thoroughbred horseracing with a capacity for over 100,000 people with 33,000 seated. The other stand, the Churchill Downs Stand is smaller but can seat an additional 51,000. Although there is no centre course picnic sites the backyard of the main grandstand can accommodate a further 10,000 racegoers and there is the Trackside Apron which has free benches and picnic tables.

Belmont Races, photo finish Reserved seating for the Grandstand and Clubhouse is very affordable on holidays and weekends and a selection of seasonal packages are available. There is ample seating available on a first come first served basis too. Discount packages represent the best value for money way to attend Belmont races and include options such as the Clubhouse Fast Track package which includes admission to the Clubhouse and race day program.

The Best Bet package incorporates Grandstand admission, hot dog, soda and program, and the Track Pack package offers a full luncheon in addition to parking, Clubhouse admission and program.

Hospitality at the Races probably isn’t as expensive as you think! Do it in style, there's nothing nicer than being waited on during your day at the races!

A full selection of dining options is open to racegoers. Choose from the elegant environment and delicious food on offer in the Garden Terrace Dining Room or the more informal atmosphere of the Belmont Cafe, located on the first floor of the Clubhouse. Additional dining options include the Belmont Grill, in the Grandstand and a series of Concessions stands which are found throughout the course and offer snacks and fast food. People are welcome to bring picnics into Belmont races via the Backyard Picnic Area.