- The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg in American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series.
- The Belmont Stakes, first run in 1867, is the oldest of the Triple Crown events.
- The 148th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place on June 10, 2017.
- The August Belmont Memorial Cup awarded to the winner of the Belmont Stakes is made by Tiffany & Co.
- The largest margin was Secretariat’s 31-length victory in 1973.
- The Belmont Stakes is far more exciting to watch if you place a bet on the race.
2017 Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes is the final leg of the American Triple Crown for three-year-old Thoroughbreds. The 1 1/2-mile race represents an extreme test of stamina and is known as the “Test of the Champion” due to its high degree of difficulty.
The 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, which is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, kicks off the Triple Crown on the first Saturday in May and the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes follows two weeks later at Pimilco Race Course in Baltimore. There is another three-week gap prior to the Belmont Stakes, which takes place at Belmont Park just outside of New York City in Elmont, New York.
Sweeping the Triple Crown ranks as one of the most difficult tasks in all of sports – three long-distance races over a five-week span can compromise even the most talented horses — and the Belmont Stakes has served as the ultimate roadblock.
The saying goes that there’s “No place to hide” on the massive 1 1/2-mile oval at Belmont Park, the largest circumference of any U.S. race track, and it takes a special horse to achieve Triple Crown glory.
When and How To Watch The 2017 Belmont Stakes
The 2017 Belmont Stakes will run on Saturday, June 10th out of Belmont Park in upstate New York. The 1 ½ mile challenge will be contested by some of the best three-year-olds in the country, as well as some additional competitors from abroad. As always, this will be the final leg of the Triple Crown.
There’s no better way to enjoy the 149th Belmont Stakes than by attending live in person. Head to Ticketmaster to purchase passes for the two-day event. Those that venture to Belmont Park for either the whole weekend or the Saturday race card will enjoy the Coors Light Food Truck Village as well as entertainment headlined by pop singer Andy Grammer.
If you’re not able to make it to Belmont Park to enjoy the festivities live, Twinspires.com/tv and NBC have you covered.
The two-day weekend begins on Friday, June 9th with coverage on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) running from 5pm – 6pm EST. The following day, the races from the undercard will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) once gain beginning on Saturday, June 10th from 3pm – 5pm EST.
On Saturday, June 10th, the 2017 Belmont Stakes itself will be broadcast along with some of the major undercard races on the main NBC network from 5pm – 7pm EST.
If you’re not close to a sportsbook or your own television, you can also catch online broadcasts of the race on both NBC Sports at http://www.nbcsports.com/horse-racing or at Twinspires.com at http://www.twinspires.com. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the third jewel of the Triple Crown on the go!
149TH BELMONT STAKES
Post Time: 6:37pm EST
Channel: NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)
Online: NBC Sports and Twinspires
Date Network Race Coverage Time
Friday, June 9 NBCSN Belmont Access 5pm – 6pm
Saturday, June 10 NBCSN Belmont Stakes Day 3pm – 5pm
Saturday, June 10 NBC Undercard (Met Mile, etc.)
149th Belmont Stakes 5pm – 7pm
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