This has been quite the season for horse racing drama, hasn’t it? As if the Kentucky Derby and its disqualification of Maximum Security weren’t enough, The Preakness saw a jockey tossed off his horse – with the horse still finishing the race on its own! Despite there being no Triple Crown on the table this year, we’re still looking forward to the third “jewel” race, the Belmont Stakes! Here’s a little about what you can expect at the final and oldest of the three Triple Crown races, including what to wear, which horses to watch out for, the current odds, and where to find cheap tickets to the Belmont Stakes! (Hint: Right here!)
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Saturday at The Belmont Stakes: What to Expect
Just 30 minutes away from Manhattan, this is an easy race to pack up and attend with friends on the weekend. Tons of folks from NYC do just that every year! It’s the biggest horse race in the state – drawing crowds of up to 100,000 each year – and it’s simple enough to make a day trip out of it because the track is just a quick train ride away. Also, tickets are cheap! (We’ve got some starting at $19.) This is a chance to rock your pastels and get fancy while drinking cocktails and watching some horses. Well, you’ll get to watch them for a couple minutes anyway.
The recommended dress is “elegant attire,” so get spiffy. Summer suits, seersucker, dresses, sport coats, and big, floppy hats. Check your seats to ensure you don’t need to get even more dressed up! If you’re so inclined, the Belmont Stakes hosts a best-dressed contest. Seriously, it’s sponsored by Longines and you can win a watch if you come in first place!
Of course, along with socializing, you can also bet on the ponies! Bets at the Belmont Stakes start at just $1, so everyone can get in on the action! Check out the odds below and place your bets. Or not. You don’t actually need to know anything about horse racing to have a good time here. Sip a Belmont Jewel – a concoction of bourbon, lemonade, pomegranate juice, and orange zest – the official drink at the track, and go visit the Food Truck Village to try some of NYC’s favorites. Then just sit back, enjoy the weather, and experience the excitement of the day!
Oh, and after the main event – yeah, the horse race – is over, don’t just leave! Avoid the crowds on the train heading back to the city and stick around for a bit. There’s going a be a post-race concert featuring Flo Rida!
The Track, Horses to Watch & Odds
This is the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes, a 1.5 mile race located in Elmont, New York. It’s also known as Big Sandy and “The Championship Track.”
There are still some of the top purebred horses in the world left to compete at the Belmont Stakes. The current favorite to win is Tacitus at 2 to 1 odds, a horse that was also favored at the Kentucky Derby. He’s followed by War of Will at 7 to 2 odds. War of Will was the winner of the Preakness with a career-best time and he’s likely to be the only horse to compete in all three jewel races this year. And, he was the horse who was hindered by Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby. Interesting, huh?
Keep your eyes on those two horses in particular, but as we’ve seen thus far this horse racing season, anything can happen! (Remember those long odds that Country House faced at the Derby? Those bettors are laughing now.)
Current Belmont Stakes Odds as of May 22nd via CBS Sports:
|War of Will||7-2|
The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival
The Belmont Stakes isn’t just that one quick horse race you see on TV. There are actually 18 different stakes races and other activities that take place over the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Who knew?! In addition to Saturday, there are festivities scheduled for Thursday and Friday beginning at 11:00AM if you want to go ahead and make your way out to the track (we have tickets!). You can check out the full lineup of Racing Festival events, but there’s a Low Roller Contest involving $2 bets, live music, drink specials, and a craft and vendor fair featuring local artisans selling all sorts of stuff. Check out Festival FAQs here.
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