Belmont Park’s fall meet kicks off today, and if you’re anywhere near New York this autumn, this is why you need to get to the races at one of the most historic sports venues in the nation.
1. It’s called “Beautiful Belmont” for a reason.
A lot of racetracks have nicknames, and Belmont’s is as honest as they come: the track is an oasis minutes from the hustle of New York City, and a day spent there is an impossible-seeming mixture of excitement and peace.
2. It’s so easy to get to Belmont.
One of the best parts of racing near the city is the ample transportation available: while Belmont has plenty of parking, you can also take the Long Island Railroad or an MTA bus directly to the races.
3. Want to see a Breeders’ Cup winner before they run in horse racing’s World Championships? Belmont Park is a really good bet.
Breeders’ Cup winners run through Belmont Park in the fall: that’s just a fact. With seven “Win and You’re In” races guaranteeing their victors a spot in the starting gate at the World Championships, the top racehorses in the world flock to New York in the fall. Last year alone, Forever Unbridled won the Beldame Stakes on her way to a Longines Distaff victory; Good Magic ran in the Champagne Stakes before winning the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; Caledonia Road ran in the Frizette Stakes before her victory in the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies; and Rushing Fall won her first race at Belmont Park in September 2017 before going on to capture the Juvenile Fillies Turf. If you want to see some of the best horses in the country — and find yourself a longshot for the Breeders’ Cup — then you need to be at Belmont Park this fall.
4. There are events galore.
Want to spend a fun fall day with friends? Then check out the events schedule for Belmont Park. From big race days to giveaways, there’s something for everyone this fall.
5. It’s an inexpensive way to see live sports in New York.
Want to go to a Yankees game? Maybe catch the Giants at home? Then you’re going to have to save your pennies. Not at Belmont, though! Tickets for general admission start at just $5, and you’ll have access to a ton of the park instead of being confined to one seating area. It’s a steal of a deal, and it’s a great deal for groups!
6. It’s a great place to bring the family.
Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Belmont Park is an amazing option. With tons of outdoor space – including a playground – they’ll be entertained for hours while you enjoy a day at the races. It’s a win-win!
7. You can end a day at the track with one of the best meals of your life.
Want a strong finish to your day? Then keep the Belmont Park party going at King Umberto, an iconic Italian restaurant located close to the track. It’s a best bet for an amazing meal, and you need to experience it at least once!