And they’re off! The Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 6 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.
The Race To The Belmont Stakes
Getting to Belmont Park 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 $20 and depends on which lot you choose to park at.
For ease of entry and exiting of Belmont Park, guests are encouraged to park in a lot based on their planned arrival route. All Parking Gates Open at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, June 5 and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday June 6.
Green Lot ($20)
Arrival: Direct entrance from Southbound Cross Island Parkway
Departure: Exit onto Northbound Cross Island Parkway
Yellow Lot ($30)
Arrival: Direct entrance from Northbound Cross Island Parkway
Departure: Exit onto Southbound Cross Island Parkway
Blue/White Lot ($20)
Arrival: Direct entrance from Gate 8 on Plainfield Avenue
Departure: Exit Left (Northbound) onto Plainfield towards Floral Park
Preferred Parking ($60), Silver ($60), Clubhouse ($125) & Red Lot ($60)
Arrival: Enter thru Gates 5 and 3 onto Hempstead Avenue
Departure: Exit East only from Gate 5 and West only from Gate 3 onto Hempstead Avenue
Please note all routes are subject to change based on traffic conditions.
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 (Press the “Deals & Getaways” button on the first screen; then select “Belmont Park”). Tickets will not be sold on-board trains on the day of the race.
For LIRR’s Belmont Stakes & O.A.R. concert timetable for Friday, June 5, Click here.
For LIRR’s Belmont Stakes Day timetable for Saturday, June 6, Click here.
NOTE: Alcohol will not be allowed on LIRR trains, stations and platforms on Belmont Stakes Day
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.
With another horse vying for the Triple Crown, track managers have put an attendance cap of 90,000 on the event and there will be no on-site, day-of ticket sales this year.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
General Admission Tickets
General Admission tickets begin at $15 and will be available on a first-come, first-sold basis in advance of Race Day. While these tickets don’t include trackside seating, there will be limited picnic tables and benches available on a first come, first-served basis. Click here to purchase tickets.
Reserved seating tickets are available now on TicketMaster, with prices ranging from $23.50 – $125. With this option, ticket holders have the flexibility to explore the grounds, and enjoy the race from the comfort of their own seat. Click here to purchase tickets.
While the Belmont Stake does offer a variety of dining packages for large groups, they are typically all sold out ahead of the big day. But there are still plenty of other dining options at Belmont Park, including concessions throughout the grounds, the Heritage Club Food Court located on the third floor of the Clubhouse and Grandstand, and a Food Truck Festival featuring 16 food trucks serving up everything from souvlaki to crepes and even seafood.
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. Not sure what to wear? Belmont Stakes offers a guide based on your ticket purchase.
Favorites to Win
Like last year, this year’s race has the potential to see a Triple Crown winner. American Pharoah can become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to capture the Triple Crown. Victor Espinoza will have the mount, with American Pharoah aiming to become the 12th to complete the sweep.
American Pharoah is coming off a seven-length victory in the Preakness nearly three weeks ago after his one-length win in the Kentucky Derby.
All seems to be in American Pharoah’s favor, but as we have seen so many times Triple Crown bubbles tend to burst at the Belmont, said CBS Local Sports writer Kevin Martin. He will be running against a rested group of contenders with his main rivals exiting the Kentucky Derby after skipping the Preakness.
According to Martin, Frosted is the biggest threat to upset this year’s Triple Crown attempt. Materiality is another potential upsetter.
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 container 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
- Bring a camera with a detachable lens or lens larger than 6″
- 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.