Don’t miss your chance to witness history and the crowning of the 150th champion of the Belmont stakes on Long Island June 7-9, 2018. Here’s our guide for a day at the races and while you’re here make a weekend out of it- it’s prime time on Long Island for all things sun, sand and surf. Share snaps of you and your friends, fasteners and all, for a chance to be feature on Discover Long Island’s social media channels. Cheers! #teamjustify #discoverLI2018
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A Historic Start
The Belmont Stakes holds the title of the oldest of the three Triple Crown events dubbed “The Test of the Champion.” Not only holding the title of the oldest Triple Crown race, the Belmont Stakes is North America’s fourth oldest race. The first running of the Belmont Stakes dates back to 1867 at Jerome Park.
Legacy in the Making: In 1905, Long Island became home to the signature event.
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With owners, trainers, jockeys and of course horses – a lot goes into not only entering but also winning the Belmont Stakes. Secretariat set a world record for 1 1/2 miles on the dirt when he won the 1973 Belmont in 2:24. Secretariat also holds the fastest 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile, 1 mile and 1 1/4-mile fractions in Belmont history.
Winners have finished by just a head or neck to 31 lengths and range in color and gender. The winners also hail from around the country and the world, coming from Texas, Maryland, England and Ireland to name a few.
Did You Know: James McLaughlin is the only rider to win three consecutive Belmont Stakes twice.
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Forget the Mint Julep…. It’s all about the “Belmont Jewel”
Insider Tip: The Belmont Jewel is the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. The signature cocktail is comprised of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey, lemonade, pomegranate juice and orange zest. Be sure to complete the race while sipping on the loved cocktail.
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Stop by the Heritage Club Food Court, The Crop & Saddle, The Knob Creek Saloon and Paddock Terrace Bar for casual fare dining. Choose between burgers, paninis, salads and sandwiches while attending the Belmont Stakes. Concession stands and full service bar offerings will also be available.
Don’t Miss: The Coors Light Food Truck Village highlighting local food trucks. This trendy village will be located in the Backyard at Belmont Park.
While You’re Here: Shop, Relax and Explore
Searching for the perfect outfit: Get the ultimate shopping experience and browse from over 270 stores at Roosevelt Field Mall. For lavish and chic, Visit Americana Manhasset, for an open air shopping experience featuring over 60 high-end specialty shops. Both just 15 minutes from Belmont Racetrack
Relax and unwind: Head to Long Beach to enjoy the summer sun. Rent a chair and umbrella to lay out on the stretch of white sand beach. Long Beach is home to a scenic 2.2-mile boardwalk along the ocean lined with restaurants and shops.
A little bit of history: Travel back in time visiting homes of past presidents, poets, and artists, including President Theodore Roosevelt and Poet Walt Whitman. Our world-class museums and mansions highlight an era bygone. Long Island serves as the inspiration behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”