stakes schedule worth $9.5 million, a new Pick 5 wager with a low
takeout, and a bevy of promotions will highlight Belmont Park's fall
meet, which begins Saturday, September 7 and runs for 37 days through
stakes schedule comprises 31 stakes, including 21 graded events. On
September 28 alone, Belmont will host six stakes worth $3.4 million: the
Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, the Grade 1,
$600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, the Grade 1, $600,000
Flower Bowl Invitational, the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Invitational,
the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Invitational, and the Grade 2, $400,000
six "Super Saturday" races are Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're
In" events. Last year, four horses who competed on "Super Saturday" went
on to win Breeders' Cup races (Fort Larned, Classic; Little Mike, Turf;
Royal Delta, Ladies' Classic; Zagora, Filly & Mare Turf).
the start of the Belmont fall meet, The New York Racing Association,
Inc. (NYRA) will offer a Pick 5 wager every race day. The 50-cent
minimum, 15-percent takeout wager will span races 1-5.
opening day festivities will include the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling
Green Handicap and magnet giveaway, while supplies last. The magnet will
feature the Belmont fall meet stakes schedule. On Sunday, fans will
receive free grandstand admission into Belmont Park.
October 5, Belmont will host the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods Champagne
for 2-year-olds and Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies,
both Breeders' Cup Challenge races. In addition, October 5 has been
designated Fabulous Fillies Day and will feature an umbrella giveaway,
highlight breast cancer research and awareness organizations, showcase
local art and fashion, and include a survivors' walk.
best New York-breds will converge on October 19 at Belmont for Empire
New York Showcase Day presented by The New York Thoroughbred Breeding
and Development Fund. Belmont will present seven stakes, topped by the
$250,000 Empire Classic for 3-year-olds and up.
Saturdays, Belmont will offer a $300,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4. By
guaranteeing the pool, NYRA will supplement the difference if the total
wagering pool for the Saturday Late Pick 4 is less than $300,000.
are Discover Belmont Days. Admission is free on Sundays with special $5
value packages that include a hot dog, chips, and a soda.
weekends during September, fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the
world of thoroughbred racing with the popular "Breakfast at Belmont
Park" program from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Admission and activities, including
guided tram tours of Belmont's remarkable stable area, trackside
commentary of live morning workouts, starting gate demonstrations and
paddock show, are free, and breakfast is available for purchase.
variety of bands will perform in the Belmont Backyard throughout the
meet. Scheduled to appear are Randy Jackson of Zebra (9/7); Fivestone
(9/14); Drive, with a guest appearance from A Flock of Seagulls' lead
singer Mike Score (9/21); The Electrix (9/28); Shannon Breeze (10/5);
Interplay (10/12); a Columbus Day Country Music Fest featuring Wil Van
Awken, Mark Newman, Sean Cuoco, Tony Montalbo, and other guests (10/14);
Rockjunky (10/19); and Wonderous Stories (10/20).
live racing generally conducted Wednesdays through Sundays, first post
is at 1:05 p.m. in September and 12:50 in October. Grandstand admission
is $3, clubhouse admission is $5, while children 12 and under are
admitted free when accompanied by an adult. General parking is free,
with preferred parking $2 and valet parking $5. For information on the
Belmont Park fall meet, please visit nyra.com or call (516) 488-6000.