With world-class thoroughbred racing and a host of new activities and old favorites planned for the spring and summer,
Park is the place to be starting opening day, Friday, April 26.
The 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8, is the glittering centerpiece of
Park’s 56-day spring/summer meet, which runs
through July 14. The oldest and longest leg of racing’s elusive Triple
Crown, the 1 ½-mile
Belmont will be supported by four additional graded stakes.
The Belmont Stakes Festival begins on Saturday, June 1, with
Elmont’s Belmont Stakes Parade kicking off a week of community events
that includes the Belmont Stakes Blue
Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer on June 2, a special Triple Crown
Q&A with renowned New York jockeys Ramon Dominguez and
Richard Migliore on the
evening of June 4 at the Elmont Library, the Garden City Belmont
Festival on June 7 and the Floral Park Belmont Festival on June 9.
NYRA will give away a magnetized version of the
spring/summer stakes schedule on Saturday, April 27, and host the first
of 11 Family Fun Days presented by Coca-Cola on Sunday, April 28. The 84th running of the Grade 3, $150,000
Westchester kicks off the exciting
stakes action that Saturday. A traditional prep for the Grade 1
Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day, the Westchester is the first of
Belmont’s 26 graded stakes worth $8.1 million.
On Sunday, May 5, NYRA will host a Cinco de Mayo party in the
backyard featuring Mariachi Loco de NY. Saturday, May 11 marks the
beginning of an indoor farmers’ market
at Belmont which will be held weekly on Saturdays throughout the meet (except Belmont Stakes Day) on the first floor of the Grandstand.
Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the Grade 1 season
with a trio of top races on May 27: the $750,000 Met Mile, the $400,000
Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares,
and the $300,000 Acorn for 3-year-old fillies. Rounding out the graded
stakes action is the Grade 2, $300,000 Sands Point for 3-year-old turf
In addition to world-class racing,
Park will host its first ever
Food Truck Festival on Saturday, May 25. Fans will be able to purchase diverse and delectable items from 10 of
finest food trucks, including MacTruckNYC, TacoBite, Chinese Mirch, and
more. The backyard will be home to Family Fun Days on Sunday and
Monday, with the Memorial Day edition featuring
games and races, inflatable gladiator joust, and a petting zoo.
“Party at the Park” returns for five Fridays beginning June 14
with a special first race post time of 3 p.m. and a party that includes
food and drink specials along
with a live concert following the conclusion of live racing. Billy Joel
tribute band Michael DelGuidice and Big Shot kicks off the action on
June 14, followed by Bon Jovi tribute band Bad Medicine on June 21 and
80s tribute band Decadia on June 28.
Noche de Latina is set for
July 5 featuring New York Latin rock band Seguida, while The LP’s will
close out the “Party at the Park” series on July 12.
From start to finish, family activities abound, including the popular “Breakfast at
program weekend mornings from 7 – 9:30 a.m. and Family Fun Days on
Sundays, presented by Coca-Cola, except for Belmont Stakes weekend.
The Long Island Rail Road’s “Belmont Special” will run from Penn
Station to Belmont Park at 10:58 a.m. and 11:41 a.m. Wednesdays,
Thursdays and Fridays, and 10:58 a.m.
and 11:50 a.m. on weekends and holidays, effective April 27 through May
13. Return service will be approximately 30 minutes after the last
race, with an additional train at 3:42 p.m. weekdays and 4:27 p.m.
weekends, effective April 26 through May 19.
First race post time is 12:50 p.m. from April 26-28. Beginning
May 1, post time moves to 1:05 p.m. except for “Party at the Park” (3
Belmont Stakes Day (11:35 am). Live racing is generally conducted Wednesday through Sunday.
Park will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, with no live racing on Tuesday and Wednesday that week.
Park will also be closed for live racing on Sunday, June 9, and Wednesday, July 10.
Except for Belmont Stakes Day, general grandstand admission and
admission to the Belmont Café simulcast area is $3, clubhouse admission
is $5, and general parking is