For horse racing enthusiasts, the 2024 Belmont Stakes season will surely be one of the most thrilling yet. With a captivating mix of established stars and new faces setting their sights on glory, this year’s event promises high-octane action from flag fall to the finish line.
To ensure you don’t miss out on anything important – or any opportunities for an inspired bet – we’ve gathered all the must-know information about this year’s event in our guide to the 2024 Belmont Stakes.
History of the Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes is the oldest and longest American Triple Crown Race series event. It was first held in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack, just one year after the Kentucky Derby. Since then, it has been hosted by different venues, such as Belmont Park (which gave it its name) and Aqueduct Racetrack. Over its long history, some of the most iconic horses have won this title – from Man o’ War in 1919 to American Pharoah in 2015.
When is the Belmont Stakes?
The 2024 Belmont Stakes will occur on Saturday June 10 at the Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont, New York. This year’s event will be the 155th edition, the fourth-oldest horse race in its long and storied history.
Originally known as The Belmont Futurity when it was first established in 1867, the venue for this iconic race has changed multiple times over the years. It began at Jerome Park Racetrack in The Bronx before being relocated to Queens before finally settling at its current home in Elmont in 1905.
Three other races form the Triple Crown events: the Kentucky Derby, which takes place on the first Saturday of May each year; the Preakness Stakes, which follows two weeks later; and of course, the Belmont Stakes, which concludes the series and usually falls on or around in June.
What Time is the Belmont Stakes?
The 2024 Belmont Stakes is scheduled to begin at 6:50 PM EST on Saturday, June 10th. This year’s event will be held at Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont, New York, home to this iconic race since 1905.
Before being relocated to Elmont, the Belmont Stakes had been held at both Jerome Park Racetrack in The Bronx and Queens. The 11 a.m. EST start time for the undercard races will precede the main event by several hours, giving spectators plenty of time to enjoy all the day’s action before the stakes race gets underway.
How to Follow the Action Live
The 2024 Belmont Stakes will be broadcast on NBC, with coverage beginning at 5 PM ET on Sunday, June 10th. Television viewers can tune in to CNBC, NBCSports.com, or the NBC Sports app for live coverage of the different races running throughout the day. In addition to TV coverage, fans can follow all the action from their homes through various streaming options and the official Belmont Stakes racing app available on Android and iOS devices.
So whether you’re cheering for your favorite horse or just looking forward to an exciting day of racing action, you won’t miss a second of the 2024 Belmont Stakes, no matter where you are!
How Long is the 2024 Belmont Stakes Race?
The 2024 Belmont Stakes is a 1½ mile (or 12 furlongs) race that will take the competitors roughly two and a half minutes to complete. This year’s event marks the 155th running of the oldest and longest Triple Crown races, with the first Belmont Futurity being held in 1867.
The 12 thoroughbreds must combine speed and stamina to last the duration and potentially beat the record time set by the legendary Secretariat. In 1973, Secretariat became the fastest horse ever to win this race when he crossed the finish line in just 2 minutes and 24 seconds – and went on to take home that year’s Triple Crown.
How Can You Bet on the Winner of the Belmont?
Betting on the 2024 Belmont Stakes can be done online and offline. In New York State, betting on horse races is legal and regulated, meaning that the state’s residents can bet on all the Triple Crown races from the comfort of their homes. The most popular way to bet on the Belmont Stakes is through an online racebook. Many reputable sites offer a range of betting options for this year’s race, including win/place/show bets, pick-sixes, and trifectas, among other types of wagers.
Betting Tips for Beginners
Betting on the Belmont Stakes can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Still, it’s important to remember that horse racing is a game of chance, and predicting the winner can be difficult. As such, beginners need to set aside some time to research each horse before placing their wagers.
When researching each horse, consider factors such as its form – which horses have it raced against in past events? What have been the results of these races? Does the horse have any injuries or illnesses that could affect its performance? Review how each horse behaved in previous Belmont Stakes races better to understand their chances during this year’s event. Once you’ve narrowed your list of contenders, compare odds from different betting sites such as FanDuel.com before selecting who to bet on Belmont Stakes.
How Much Do Belmont Stakes Tickets Cost?
Belmont Stakes tickets are available at various prices, depending on the seat type and other amenities. General admission tickets start at $36, while allocated seating options range from $78 to over $400. For those looking for something extra special, premium seating packages with meals included start at $569 and go up to $700. Prices can vary slightly depending on the date of purchase and availability, so it’s always wise to check before purchasing tickets.
The 2024 Belmont Stakes will surely be thrilling, with plenty of twists and turns. With the odds for each horse varying wildly, it’s anyone’s guess who will take home this year’s Triple Crown title. Whether you’re looking to place some bets or enjoy an exciting day at the races, make sure not to miss out on all the action when June 10th rolls around!
From watching online streams to downloading apps and attending in person, there are many ways that fans can follow along with every second of this historical event – so don’t hesitate any longer and start making plans today!