Belmont Park Racing

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There are three main racecourses in New York State and they each take turns hosting seasonal horseracing events under the auspices of the New York Racing Association. One of these, Saratoga, is in upstate New York and another, the Aqueduct, is in Queens, New York City.
The final course of the big three is Belmont Park which, situated in Nassau County, shares a Long Island location close to Queens and the Aqueduct.

Belmont Park Racing,  inside rail Belmont Park racing is defined by the kind of elegance and style associated with grand old racecourses and is hosted from May to July and September to October.

Nassau County is a suburban area and popular destination for day-trippers from the big city. Invariably, these visitors come for the horseracing and are not disappointed with the quality and importance of the Belmont Park racing on offer. Synonymous with elegance and ivy-league style the course is a stunning visual landmark but it is the standard of the events which make racegoers come back for more.

Known as the Championship Track, it is a apt nickname in honour of the great many champions which have graced the track, including all eleven winners of the Triple Crown.

The third stage of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes which is held at the course in June. A Grade I event, the race is run over 1 1/2 miles and is the highlight of the Belmont Park racing calendar, attracting huge crowds and national coverage. Famous champion Secretariat won the race in 1973 in a time of 2 minutes and 24 seconds, a record which stands to this day as the fastest time over that distance on dirt. A statue of the horse was erected in honour and is located within the paddock.

The dirt track at the course hosts other Grade I events too such as the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Metropolitan Handicap, or 'Met mile', and the Suburban Handicap.

The highlight races on turf include the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, the Man O' War Stakes, and the Bowling Green Handicap. The Fall Championship meet includes races open only to New York trained horses.

The main grandstand at Belmont Park, with a capacity for more than 100,000 people, is one of the largest in horseracing and has seating for 33,000. An additional stand, the Churchill Downs Stand has a further 51,000 seats.

Even with these facilities there is still room for 10,000 more within the Backyard area of the grandstand where racegoers can bring picnics and the Trackside Apron which contains picnic tables and benches available on a first come first served basis.
Belmont Park Racing, winner

Reserve a seat within the Grandstand and Clubhouse during weekends and holidays, different deals are available according to season. Ample free seating is available too.

Hospitality at the Races probably isn’t as expensive as you think! There's nothing nicer than being waited on during your day at the races!

Belmont Park Racing, photo finish Raceday hospitality packages represent a great way to enjoy Belmont Park racing at value for money prices. The Clubhouse Fast Track option comprises entry into the clubhouse and raceday program. For an additional fee, racegoers can opt for the Best Bet package which includes a soda, hot dog and program in addition to Grandstand entry. A further Clubhouse option is the Track Pack package which includes general parking, program, and full luncheon.

Any racegoer can enjoy great dining with choices which range from the elegance and style of the Garden Terrace Dining Room to the less formal atmosphere of the Belmont Cafe, which is found in the Clubhouse on the second level. Within the Grandstand are further options including the Belmont Grill and a selection of snack and fast food outlets.