The Rich History Of Belmont Park - One Of The World’s Elite Racing Ground

Ruben Hill
June 28, 2019


In any given horse racing tournament, it is not only the colt, trainers, jockeys, and bettors are being paid attention to. Apart from that, spectators also need to pay attention to the venue or the race track field. The racing field is essential because it is where the action being witnessed. It is also important that every field is amenable to hold varying weather conditions to make sure that every racing tournament is held effectively and efficiently.


That said, one of the most famous race tracks in the entire world is Belmont Park. This legendary race field became famous due to the final venue of the Triple Crown Series which is the Belmont Stakes. It also holds the longest running distance out of any other horse racing show to test the true agility and stamina of every thoroughbred racer.


In fact, the reason why Belmont Park is well-known because it holds the most historic racing events in the nation especially when it comes to recording the world’s greatest Triple Crown title holders. The horse racing event in Belmont Park does not end when Belmont Stakes will also end. In fact, there is another season of horse racing show happening in the said racing field until Labor Day which is the last Sunday of October. Coaching Club American Oaks, Mother Goose Stakes, and Bowling Green Handicap are some of the horse racing shows that is held in Belmont Park.


For those who may now know, Belmont Race Track is located in Elmont, New York which is just a few miles east of New York City. This racing field had existed around 114 years which is fully operated by the New York Racing Association (NYRA). So, along with other race tracks in the U.S like the derby’s Churchill Downs, Belmont Park is considered to be one of the most elite race tracks in the United States of America.

Belmont Park History

It was on May 4, 1905, when the Belmont Park was originally built by William Whitney, August Belmont Jr., and other investors to showcase horse racing tournaments for elite people. IN fact, the original finish line of the Belmont racing field is located in the present homestretch as what you can see in Belmont Park today.


The reason why it was changed now it’s because Ring Lardner the author of 1925 “The Big Town Book” has elaborated that the dirt track as a wrong location when it comes to the direction of the racing field. Later came Joseph Widener made an innovation which set up the new racing lines which are also seen in the present time.


Then later came in 1963 where major renovations had made to make sure that the race track is safe for everyone. As you can see today, one major renovation made was the ability of the park to showcase the stone pillars which came is four types. These pillars are placed at the entrance of the clubhouse so people can see the true culture and beauty of New York.


Lastly, after the major renovations had made, Belmont Park was reopened during 1968. As of today, the race field can hold a total number of 100,000 spectators from around the world with a total seating capacity of 33,000 people. There is also an additional room in the adjacent backyard of the park where it can hold around 10,000 people. With that said, Belmont Park is deemed to be one of the largest horse racing fields in the entire world where historically in 2004 it holds a total crowd of 120,139 where they witness Smarty Jones on his bid to get the Triple Crown.

Races At Belmont Park

As stated, it is not only the Belmont Stakes that are held in Belmont Park. There are still major and important races being held here as it is one of the venues that can hold may crowds. Some racing tournaments that commences here are Woodward Stakes, Suburban Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Metropolitan Handicap.


Aside from that, important races for fillies and mares are also held here like Coaching Club American Oaks and Mother Goose Stakes. These two races are considered to be NYRA’s first installment of Triple Tiara horse racing for female horses. Lastly, the Belmont Park also holds other specific races such as Manhattan Handicap, Bowling Green Handicap, Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes, Belmont Oaks, and most importantly the Belmont Stakes and Derby.


As of today, Belmont Park is widely known as the “Big Sandy”. That means that the race track has a distance of 1 ⁄2 mile which is said to be the longest race track in the United States of America. Lastly, the dirt track has a feature of a straightway chute measuring around 1 ⅛ mile which is amenable to run by colts in a single turn.



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