And they’re off! The Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 7 and CBS New York is giving you a head start. Follow this guide for information on how to get there, how to get tickets, who to bet on, what to wear and more. By Carly Sitzer.
The Race to The Belmont Stakes
Getting to Belmont might seem like the biggest race of the day, but don’t worry, our money is on you. Follow these directions to get to the Park and remember to get there as early as possible to beat the rush and get the most out of the experience.
From Manhattan: Take the Queens Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway; go east to the Cross Island Parkway and exit South to Exit 26-D.
From Brooklyn: Take the Belt Parkway east to the Cross Island Parkway and exit North to Exit 26-D.
From Queens: Take the Grand Central Parkway east to the Cross Island Parkway; exit South to Exit 26-D.
Parking for the day will begin at $10.
Long Island Railroad
On Belmont Stakes Day the LIRR will provide direct service to and from Belmont Park.
Belmont Park is only a half-hour from midtown Manhattan by train. Package tickets for Belmont Park can be purchased at LIRR Stations and Ticket Machines in advance or on the day of travel. Tickets will not be sold on-board trains on the day of the race.
From 6:27 p.m. to 9 p.m., trains will depart from Belmont Park about every 15 minutes to Jamaica, Brooklyn or New York Penn Station.
NOTE: Alcohol will not be allowed on LIRR trains, stations and platforms beginning at 7 a.m. on Belmont Stakes Day, until 11:59 p.m. Sunday June 8.
F Train : Take the F train to 169th Street or 179th Street and take the N6 or Q2 bus to Belmont.
E Train : Take the E train to Jamaica Center (Parsons Blvd) and then take the Q110 bus to Belmont.
Click here for a full list of directions from any location
Your best bet is likely to check StubHub or any of the other resale sites. General admission tickets will be available for $10 on the day of the race. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
General Admission Tickets
General Admission tickets will begin at $10 and will be available on a first-come, first-sold basis either in advanced or on the day of the event. While these tickets don’t include reserved seating, there will be limited seating available in the spacious viewing areas reserved for general admission.
Reserved seating tickets are available now on TicketMaster, with prices ranging from $23.50 – $125. With these tickets, you’ll be able to enjoy the race from the comfort of your own seat.
While the Belmont Stake does offer a variety of dining packages for large groups, they are all sold out ahead of the big day. There are still various vendors at the park from which you can purchase food and drinks.
How to dress
Elegant attire is a tradition at the Belmont Stakes; there are certain parts of the park that don’t allow shorts or short-sleeved shirts and require men to wear a collared shirt. In addition to the dress code, women are often encouraged to wear a hat—not only for tradition and fashion, but also for protection from the summer sun.
Favorites to Win
California Chrome is the 3-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown champion. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Belmont Park. Eleven Belmont winners have come out of that post, the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994.
Wicked Strong was the 6-1 second choice and drew post No. 9. The colt finished fourth after an unlucky trip in the Derby, sat out the Preakness and comes into the Belmont off a five-week rest.
Tonalist was made the third betting choice at 8-1 odds and will break from the No. 11 post. The colt has experience on the track, having won the Peter Pan Stakes, although he is new to the Triple Crown trail.
Never bet on a horse race before? You can always take your pick based off the names, or you can go the old-fashioned way and handicap the race.
Belmont Park Dos and Don’ts
- Get to the Park early—lines are going to be long.
- Bring food items in a clear, see-through plastic contaner or bag (no larger than 18″x18″)
- Review the glossary of racing terminology, available here on the Belmont Stakes website.
- Take a quick read of the 10 things you need to know about the history of the Belmont Stakes.
- Wear sunscreen!
- Make any wagers without any experience—learn more about how to wager here.
- Bring a purse or bag larger than 12″ in diameter — this was a rule put in place last year.
- Bring a camera with a detachable lens or lens larger than 6″ (another new rule from last year).
- Tailgate — it’s not allowed at the Belmont Stakes, but instead try one of the food vendors at the Park.
- Bring any coolers if you have reserved seats, they aren’t allowed in the facility.
For all things Belmont Stakes head on over to our CBS New York Sports page.