Celebrities You May See at the 2016 Belmont Stakes

Pop Culture
Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Ambassador Kate Upton is one celebrity who frequents the races. (Eclipse Sportswire)

As sure as you’ll find big hats, tasty drinks and great racing at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, you’re also sure to spot a celebrity or two at the third leg of racing’s Triple Crown. While we’re not sure exactly whom you might see at the Belmont Stakes this year (celebs don’t usually announce that kind of thing ahead of time), we can tell you who might show up based on who's been spotted at big races before.

Kate Upton

The supermodel is an avid horseback rider and racing fan. She’s also a Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Ambassador and took to Twitter after the Belmont Stakes last year to celebrate American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph.

Sarah Jessica Parker

The “Sex and the City” star, along with husband Matthew Broderick, have been spotted in the owners boxes at Belmont Park before. Might they show up again this year?
Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

We’d understand if the former President is a little busy this year, with his wife Hillary running for president and all, but Bill Clinton is a racing fan and was also in attendance for American Pharoah’s Triple Crown score at the Belmont Stakes last year.

Al Roker

The legendary weather man from the Today Show and the Weather Channel broadcasted live from Belmont last year. Seen wearing a designer Blake Collection hat made at the shop of New York City milliner Christine Moore, Roker knows all about racetrack fashion too.
Tom Benson

Tom Benson

The owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans is not only a horse fan, he’s a horse owner. This year, Benson had two runners in the Kentucky Derby. On Belmont Stakes day, he’ll have Tom’s Ready running in the Woody Stephens Stakes.

Sarah Palin

It’s been a few years since the former Vice Presidential nominee was seen at Belmont but when she did show up, she made a splash by attending the races in a bedazzled trucker hat.
Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay

The celebrity chef is a Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Ambassador and a horse owner. He runs many of his horses on the New York circuit is a staple at the Belmont Stakes.

Eddie Olczyk

I grew up watching “Eddie O” when he played on my beloved New York Rangers. These days, he’s emerged as not only a star broadcaster on NBC Sports but an incredible horse racing analyst, as well. If it doesn’t conflict with the Stanley Cup playoffs, Olczyk could be at the Belmont Stakes.
Jerry O’Connell

Jerry O’Connell

The popular actor lives in New York City, he once hosted racing’s Eclipse Awards, and he and his wife Rebecca Romijn have been spotted at the races before.

Daughtry

The one-time finalists on American Idol have become rock sensations and they headline the Belmont Stakes entertainment lineup on Saturday. Led by Chris Daughtry, the band will cap off a post-race concert that will be preceded by a performance from the smash hit Broadway musical “Beautiful” and Country music stars Maddie & Tae.
Bill Murray

Bill Murray

No joke, comedy icon Bill Murray always seems to pop up in racing circles. He was last seen calling “rider’s up” at the 2015 Haskell Invitational, before American Pharoah scored a memorably decisive victory.

Susan Lucci

A legend of daytime soaps, Susan Lucci was last seen at the Belmont Stakes in 2014. If she’s back this year, you can expect her to again dress to the nines and have cameras following her around all day.
Jim Rome

Jim Rome

The sports talk radio host is fully entrenched in racing, having owned two of the greatest horses to race in the past decade: Shared Belief and Mizdirection.

Rashard Lewis

A retired NBA player and champion with the Miami Heat in 2013, Rashard Lewis is also a regular around the track scene and a racehorse owner.
Marylou Whitney

Marylou Whitney

The renowned philanthropist is one of the most recognizable figures on the New York racing scene. In 2004, her horse Birdstone foiled the Triple Crown hopes of Smarty Jones by winning the Belmont Stakes.

Katie Nolan

One of the most prominent young sports broadcasting personalities in the sport, Katie Nolan is the host of Garbage Time on Fox Sports 1. She recently won an Emmy and will be hanging out at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes day.
Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

The Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback owns horses and makes plenty of appearances at big races all over the country.
Joe Torre

Joe Torre

The former New York Yankees manager is another horse owner and a regular at the Belmont Stakes.

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