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.