Belmont Park

Belmont Park  

There are three different general phone numbers for the New York Racing Association that correspond to race meetings at the three different racetracks operated by The NYRA.
Belmont Park (Spring/Summer Meet - April 30 to July 18): 1-516-488-6000
Saratoga (July 23 to Sept. 6): 1-518-584-6200
Belmont Park (Fall Championship Meet - September 11 to October 31): 1-516-488-6000
Aqueduct (October 28 to April 25): 1-718-641-4700


Photo of Belmont Park  

Belmont Park is a 430-acre racetrack in Elmont, N.Y. There will be two race meetings at Belmont Park in 2006: the 59-day Spring/Summer meeting will be from May 3 to July 22; and the 33-day Fall Championship meeting will be from Sept. 8 to Oct. 22. Belmont Park is the home of the 143rd Running of the Belmont Stakes on June 9, .

59 days, April 30-July 18
Dark Mondays and Tuesdays Except:
Open: Monday, May 31 and July 5
Dark: Sunday, June 6

Post times: 1 p.m. daily; Except:
3 p.m. Sunset Friday/Party at the Park, June 18
Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 9, - TBA

37 days, September 11 - October 31
Dark Mondays and Tuesdays, except Monday, Oct. 11 (Columbus Day). Also dark on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Post Times: 1 p.m. daily.

Finish line of Belmont Stakes  

Main Course: 1 1/2 Miles
Last Turn to Finish on Main Track: 1,097 feet
Widener Turf Course: 1 5/16 Miles
Inner Turf Course: 1 3/16 Miles
Attendance Capacity: 85,000 - 90,000
Parking Capacity: 18,500 Cars
Trackside Dining: 2,300
Total Seating Capacity: 32,941


Parking Gates Open: 10:45 a.m. daily (Belmont Stakes Day: 8:15am)
General Parking: FREE (Belmont Stakes Day: $10)
Preferred Parking: $2 (Belmont Stakes Day: $25 or $40)
Valet Parking: $5; No valet parking on Belmont Stakes Day
Handicapped parking is available near the Clubhouse and Grandstand. Parking is on a first-come first-serve basis after the official opening of the parking gates. Courtesy Shuttle Bus service is available from all general parking areas.

Grand Stand  

Gates Open at 11 a.m. (except on Belmont Stakes Day)

Grandstand Admission: $3 (Belmont Stakes Day: $10).
Clubhouse Admission: $5 (Belmont Stakes Day: $20).
Children under 12 are free when accompanied with an adult.

Elegant attire has long been a tradition at Belmont Park. Ladies and Gentlemen who honor this tradition are always appreciated.
People 12 years and over must abide by the dress code.
Paddock & Winner's Circle No shorts or abbreviated wear permitted. Gentlemen - collared shirts required.

Box Seats
Gentlemen: Suits or sports jackets (tie optional).
Ladies: Dresses, skirts or slack outfits. Absolutely no shorts or jeans.

Shirts and shoes required.

Clubhouse (General)
Proper attire at management's discretion.
No short shorts, cut-offs or abbreviated wear permitted.
Gentlemen - No tank tops.

Garden Terrace Restaurant
Elegant attire is recommended: Gentlemen should wear suits or sports jackets. Ladies should wear dresses, skirts or pant suits. No jeans, shorts or abbreviated wear is permitted.
Business casual is acceptable attire: Gentlemen are required to wear collared shirts. Suits or sports jackets are optional. No jeans, shorts or abbreviated wear permitted. Management reserves the right to use its discretion to determine acceptable attire.
Exception: On Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 9, , the following Dress Code applies in the Garden Terrace: Gentlemen are required to wear suits or sports jackets; Ladies are required to wear dresses, skirts or pant suits.

Proper attire at discretion of management. No abbreviated attire. Gentlemen may not wear tank tops.
Fans may bring coolers into the backyard of the grandstand at Belmont Park. Coolers will not be allowed in any other area at the track. Glass containers will not be allowed to be brought into the track. As in the past, fans can bring in coolers containing cans or plastic bottles.

All coolers will be subject to search by NYRA security.

No coolers of any kind will be permitted in the buildings, including all seating areas, or on the apron of the track.

Fans with coolers should enter the track at either the paddock or west end admission gates. Coolers will not be allowed through the clubhouse gate.

NOTE: On Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 9, , no alcoholic beverages of any kind will be permitted to be brought into the facility. The restriction regarding alcohol has been enacted in the interest of patron safety and in an attempt to make sure that people drink responsibly.
Horse Racing  

Barber Shop
The Barber Shop is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Binocular Rentals
Located on the second floor Clubhouse adjacent to the escalator and the first floor Grandstand opposite the Press elevator.

ATM Machines
For your convenience, ATM machines are at the following locations:
* First floor Grandstand near the end mutuel window closest to finish line.
* Second floor Grandstand opposite the Belmont Grill.
* Second floor Clubhouse opposite the Clubhouse elevator.
*Third floor Clubhouse opposite the Clubhouse escalator.
*Fourth floor Clubhouse opposite the Turf & Field Room.

Coat Check
At the binocular stands located on the second floor Clubhouse adjacent to the escalator and the first floor Grandstand opposite the Press elevator.

Personal Handicapping Stations
Located on the first and second floor Clubhouse, the Personal Handicapping Stations offer serious handicappers their privacy with personal desktops and televisions. Cost is $3 per day; tickets may be purchased at the second floor Customer Service Information Booth.

Race Replay Centers
Located on the second floor in the Clubhouse and Grandstand.

First Aid
Located in the basement.

Lost and Found
Located in the Security Office in the basement.

                                                                                                                     Thoroughbred Action, the half-hour race-replay show, or Inside Racing, the weekly half-hour magazine show, are broadcast daily on Fox Sports New York.

Thoroughbred Action replays races and shows results and payoffs for each New York raceday.

Inside Racing includes timely features and races of the week; it is broadcast on non-racedays during the month.
                                                                                                                            Physical Address:
Belmont Park
2150 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont NY 11003

Mailing Address:
New York Racing Association
PO Box 90
Jamaica NY 11417

Reserved Seat Applications for the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, , will be posted here when available.

Click here to download the Belmont Stakes Reserved Seating Lottery Application

Applications must be received by Feb. 28, , to be eligible for the reserved seat drawing. Please make checks payable to "NYRA".

For more information, call (718) 641-4700 .

There is space for thousands of fans in first-come, first-served seating. The Grandstand, Backyard and Trackside Apron area offer plenty of free benches, chairs and picnic tables.
                                                                                                                                    The Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau can be an invaluable resource. Call them at (631) 951-3900 or (877) FUNONLI. Or go online to

Garden City Hotel
45 Seventh Street
Garden City, N.Y.
(516) 747-3000
Rates: $250 Single / $255 Double
Amenities: Pool, spa, salon, restaurants, lounge, 24-hour room service and night club.

Floral Park Motel
30 Jericho Turnpike
Floral Park, N.Y.
(516) 775-7777
Rates: $130 Single/$160 Double (Listed rates are for Belmont Stakes Week June 1 to 9.)
Amenities: Continental Breakfast, free newspaper and parking.

Inn at Great Neck
30 Cutter Mill Road
Great Neck, N.Y.
(516) 773-2000
Rates: $179 and up
Amenities: All rooms have minibars, television with VCR, CD players, 24-hour room service and two blocks from Long Island Railroad train to Manhattan.

Marriott Hotel
101 James Doolittle Ave.
Uniondale, N.Y.
(516) 794-3800
Rates: $219 and up.
Amenities: Pool, spa, restaurant and lounge.

Roslyn Claremont Hotel
1221 Old Northern Blvd.
Roslyn, N.Y.
(516) 625-2700
Rates: $205 Single and Double; Suites start at $255
Amenities: European style luxury accommodations, fitness club, restaurant and lounge.

Wingate Inn
821 Stewart Ave.
Garden City, N.Y.
(516) 705-9000
Rates: $152 single and double
Amenities: 24-hour business center, fitness center and whirlpool and complimentary continental breakfast.

Holiday Inn of Westbury
369 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514
(516) 997-5000
Rates: USD$169.00
Amenities: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, free newspaper and parking, pool, restaurant, lounge, business center, fitness center, walking distance to train station.
                                                                                                                                 Enjoy a leisurely trackside breakfast while watching the horses breeze through their morning workouts as Mary Ryan announces the action on the track. Then take a free 20-minute guided tram tour through the barn area (weather permitting). Participate in a Starting Gate demonstration. Finally a Paddock Show will teach you about a typical day in the life of a Thoroughbred. Offered weekends and most holidays during the spring meeting (May 1 to July 18) and through the end of Fall Championship which starts on September 11, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Low-cost breakfast fare is available. Weekday accommodations are available for groups.

Time: 7 to 9:30 a.m.
Tram Tour: First tram is at 9 a.m.No tram tour on July 17 & 18.
Schedule Note: There will be no Breakfast at Belmont Program on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 9, .
Menu Note: Continental breakfast only on Closing Day, Saturday, July 18.

Belmont Park is cleared at the conclusion of the Breakfast at Belmont Program. Patrons who wish to attend the afternoon's races are charged admission upon re-entering when the gates open at 11 a.m.

Winning pari-mutuel tickets from all races conducted in 2010 at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course must be cashed on or before March 31, . They can be cashed during any race day at Belmont Park or at Aqueduct. You cannot cash winning NYRA mutuel tickets at any other racetrack or OTB.

Winning NYRA mutuel tickets may also be sent by certified or registered mail to the following address and must be received no later than March 31, :
New York Racing Association
ATTN: Mutuel Dept.
PO Box 90
Jamaica NY 11417

The physical address for NYRA is the following:
Aqueduct Race Track
110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
Jamaica NY 11417

It is advised that you keep copies for your records.

For winnings that exceed 300-1 odds - more than $600 - the Internal Revenue Service requires that a W2-G Tax Form is completed. This form requires two proofs of identity: 1, Copy of Driver's License; and 2, Copy of Social Security Card or a card that establishes your identity and includes your social security number.

Effective January 1, 2009, pari-mutuel tickets not cashed within 10 days of purchase that have a value of $300 or more must be redeemed at IRS-designated mutuel windows. The patron needs to provide a name, home address, date of birth and social security number. This requirement is part of a new rule that was opposed by The New York Racing Association, but still implemented by the New York State Racing & Wagering Board. Please note that unless the payout on the ticket is 300-1 or higher and in excess of $600, the patron's information will not be reported to the IRS. The same requirements apply for tickets cashed by mail that meet these parameters.

Track Diagram
  Map of Belmont Park