And they’re off! The Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 8 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 Friday June 4 and Saturday June 5—Belmont Stakes Day—the LIRR will provide direct service to Belmont.
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 (http://www.belmontstakes.com/experience/directions.aspx) for a full list of directions from any location.
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.
Dining packages, beginning at $55 per person, will be available for large groups attending the Belmont Stakes. Depending on the package your group books, full meals can be included. However, there is limited space, so have your group register as soon as you can!
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 shirts. 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 intense summer sun.
Favorites to Win
The field for the 1½ -mile Belmont continues to take shape with about 12-14 possible starters, even with news that third-place Preakness finisher Mylute will not be entered. The list includes five horses trained by Todd Pletcher, including the filly Unlimited Budget. In 2007, the Pletcher-trained Rags to Riches became the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont.
The buzz at Belmont is all about the rematch between Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow.
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 a new rule for 2013.
- Bring a camera with a detachable lens or lens larger than 6″ (another new rule this 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 building.
Other Events at Belmont Park
Think the races are the only big event to catch at Belmont Park? Think again, the Belmont Stakes celebrate the community with a week-long series of events in honor of the race. Here are 2012′s highlights:
Elmont Belmont Stakes Parade
A parade will kick off at 10 a.m. June 1 to celebrate the Elmont community and their dedication to the Belmont Stakes. This event will be followed by Elmont Community Day at Belmont Park, which begins at noon.
Annual Jockey Visit to Ronald McDonald House of LI
World-class jockeys from Belmont Park will visit families at the The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) as part of the annual Jockey Day event in New Hyde Park, NY on Friday, May 31.
Garden City Belmont Festival
The 16th annual Garden City Belmont Festival will feature bands, activities, pony rides, face painters, Irish Dancers and food. Kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7th at Garden City’s Seventh Street.