Belmont Park 54-Day Spring/Summer Meet Filled with 62 Stakes Races and Many Activities

Racing returns to Belmont Park April 28 for its 54-day Spring/Summer meet. The three-day opening weekend is highlighted by the $100,000 Affirmed Success for New York-bred sprinters on Friday followed by a pair of turf stakes in the $150,000 Elusive Quality on Saturday, April 29, and the $150,000 License Fee on Sunday, April 30.

The three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will begin on Thursday, June 8 and conclude on Saturday, June 10 with 18 stakes races contested over the course of the Festival. Highlighting the Racing Festival is the 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. The Belmont Stakes Draw scheduled for Wednesday, June 7 at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.

A total of 62 stakes races are scheduled during the Belmont Spring/Summer meet.

In addition, Belmont Park’s 2017 spring/summer meet activities include:

  • Dates: Friday, April 28 through Sunday, July 16
  • First Post Time: 1:30 p.m. EDT, gates open at 11:30 a.m. – except Kentucky Derby and Preakness Day, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival and “Party at the Park” twilight racing.

Kentucky Derby Day:

  • Saturday, May 6 – College Day; commemorative Triple Crown clock giveaway; “Boot, Scoot, & Derby”; and family fun activities

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival:

  • Wednesday, June 7, Belmont Stakes Draw – Rockefeller Center in Manhattan
  • Thursday, June 8-live racing begins with
  • Friday, June 9 – food trucks, Taste NY, and live entertainment; live-money high-roller handicapping tournament (Day 1)
  • Saturday, June 10, Belmont Stakes Day – food trucks, strolling performers, parachuters in the infield, and color guard presentation; jockey autograph signing, and live entertainment; live-money high-roller handicapping tournament (Day 2)

Stars & Stripes Racing Festival:

  • Saturday, July 8 – food trucks; giveaway

“Party at the Park” twilight racing:

  • Dates: Fridays, June 2, June 16, June 23, June 30 and July 7
  • First Post Time: 3:05 p.m. EDT

Breakfast at Belmont:

  • Mother’s Day weekend – Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14
  • Memorial Day weekend & Big Apple Showcase – Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29
  • Father’s Day weekend – Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18
  • Stars & Stripes Festival weekend – Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Admission and parking are free.

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