Belmont Park – The Heart of Thoroughbred Racing

For more than a century, Belmont Park has been the keystone of thoroughbred racing in America. It is the home of the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown and a place where legends like Man o’ War, Count Fleet, Citation, and Jaipur have claimed their fame.

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History

The heart of American racing beats at Belmont Park, a modern-day Circus Maximus that became the nation’s most important race track on the day it opened and remains without peer. It is where immortality in horse racing awaits its champions – hooved and human – and for more than 100 years, it has been the site of The Test of the Champion.

In 1902, a syndicate led by August Belmont Jr. and former Secretary of the Navy William C. Whitney sought land on Long Island to build the most elaborate track in America, one modeled after the great race courses of Europe. They found what they were looking for on the border of Queens and Nassau counties on what was then known as Foster’s Meadow.

Today, the 430-acre facility hosts two major race meets a year: the Spring/Summer meet from late April to mid-July and the Fall Championship meeting from early September through the end of October. The track also hosts the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown each June.

Venues

Belmont Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Besides horse races, it offers a wide variety of food and drink options. There is something for every type of fan. It is also home to the third leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

The main dirt track at Belmont is known as “The Big Sandy”. It’s large and deep, which can make it challenging for even the best horses. The Elmont facility is operated by the New York Racing Association, along with Aqueduct and Saratoga race tracks in New York State and Keeneland and Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

Fans can watch the races from the grandstands or the clubhouse. The latter is the most expensive but offers an upscale experience. It is not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages into the facility. Visitors are encouraged to ride the Long Island Railroad which stops at the track and runs extra trains on Belmont Stakes day. The train is accessible from both Manhattan and Queens. Browse around this site to check more places to visit.

Food & Drink

Located near the Queens-Nassau County border, Belmont Park hosts thoroughbred horse races each year from late April through mid-July (known as the Spring meet) and again from September through late October (the Fall meet). The track is best known for hosting the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

In 2021, a new multi-purpose arena opened on the site, now home to the Islanders. UBS Arena is easily accessible from Manhattan by train, with direct service arriving at the Elmont-UBS Arena Station in about 30 minutes from Grand Central or Penn Station.

The venue has a full slate of food and drink options, including Belmont Hall, a casual sports bar with menu items from Floral Park’s The Harrison restaurant. In addition, there are 12 market-style outlets serving beer hall classics and a variety of New York State breweries. There is also a Coors Light Food Truck Village. The onsite catering company, Levy, is well-known for its work at top venues around the country.

Parking

If you plan on attending a race or event at Belmont Park, it’s wise to book parking online in advance. This will ensure you have a spot and can avoid any possible fines or penalties for leaving parked too long.

Parking at the venue varies from season to season and can include lots, garages, or private driveways. Most parking lots will allow tailgating before events but certain rules apply. For example, open-flame grilling and oil-frying equipment are typically not allowed. Consult the event website to find out the latest details.

Getting to UBS Arena from the track is simple when using public transit. The Long Island Rail Road station on the grounds is the most convenient option and offers free shuttles on event days. The station straddles both Nassau and Queens counties and is close to other rail and bus lines serving the area. Drivers can also use the Cross Island Parkway to reach Hempstead Avenue and then follow signs to the arena’s doorstep. Up next is Cunningham Park.

 

 

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