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Stars and Stripes Day

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Worth over $3.25 million in purses, the inaugural Stars and Stripes Day at Belmont Park on Saturday, July 5, will feature two Grade 1 races, a Grade 2, and two Grade 3s. It will bring together many of the nation’s top horses in an international clash with elite competitors from around the world for a spectacular day of racing.

The centerpiece of the card is the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational, formerly known as the Jamaica Handicap. The 1 1/4 –mile grass race has graced the resumes of some of the sport’s biggest stars. Among them, 2004 winner Artie Schiller, who would go on to Breeders’ Cup glory the following year.

The Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational, known as the Garden City Stakes when it was won by standouts like Winter Memories and Perfect Sting, co-anchors the card. The historic Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap, which has been a traditional stop for the best older horses in America for over 100 years, Grade 3, $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship, and Grade 3, $200,000 Dwyer Stakes complete the day’s phenomenal stakes line-up.

In addition to the stellar card, fans can celebrate July 4th on July 5th in style. A food truck festival, including many of the top trucks from the New York City area, and a commemorative t-shirt giveaway promise an afternoon you won’t forget.


General Information:

  • Admission gates will open at 11:00 a.m.
  • Admission price: $5

* Admission does not include any reserved seating

Reserved Seating:

  • Reserved Seats $2, Box Seats $4
  • Sold at Reserved Seats Office located on the 3rd Floor by the Grandstand-Clubhouse exchange or email boxoffice@nyrainc.com
  • Box Seats attire:
  • Gentlemen: Suits or sports jackets required. (Tie optional).
  • Ladies: Dresses, skirts or slack outfits. Absolutely no shorts or jeans.
  • Absolutely no shorts or jeans.

*There are also many free seats available throughout the facility, including benches in the backyard, grandstand and trackside and tables in the tree-shaded picnic area.



  • The Garden Terrace Dining Room is located on the fourth floor of the Clubhouse. It has an excellent view of the entire racetrack.
  • For dining information & reservations please phone any race day at 888-516-NYRA (6972).




  • Parking collections will start at 10:45 a.m
  • General Parking is FREE
  • Preferred Parking: $2
  • Valet Parking: $5
  • Handicapped Parking is available near the Clubhouse and Grandstand.




Food Truck Festival in the Belmont Backyard

Gorilla Cheese NYC   Mr. Nice Guy
Mike n Willies   Crepes Truck
Mac Truck   Carl's Steaks
Papaya King   El Paso
Hibachi Heaven   Shorty's on Wheels
Pizza on Wheels   Hot Dawg Truck
Dub Pies   Come N Get it BBQ
Andy's Italian Ices NYC & Espresso Bar   Mr. Smith’s Seafood

*More food trucks to come


  • Support the inaugural Stars and Stipes Day with a commemorative T-shirt with admission*
    * while supplies last













Family Fun in the Belmont Backyard

  • Petting Zoo, Pony Ride, Face Painter, Karaoke, Inflatable Rock Wall, State Fair Bounce Inflatable, Carnival Booths.

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Stars & Stripes Race Day Info:

  • $1.25 Million Belmont Derby Invitational (GI) (Formerly The Jamaica Handicap)
    3-Year-Olds - 1 1/4 Mile (Turf)
  • $1 Million Belmont Oaks Invitational (GI) (Formerly The Garden City)
    Fillies 3-Year-Olds 1 1/4 Mile (Turf)
  • $500,000 Suburban Handicap (GII)
    4-Year-Olds & Up - 1 1/4 Mile (Dirt)
  • $400,000 Belmont Sprint Spring Championship (GIII)
    3-Year-Olds & Up - 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
  • $200,000 Dwyer Stakes (GIII) 
    3-Year-Olds - 1 1/16 Mile (Dirt)

Wagering Info:

  • $500,000 Guaranteed Pick 4

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Gala Award

  • Top finisher in the Pennine Ridge Stakes received an automatic invitation to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational on July 5. The Belmont Derby is a 1 ¼-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.

  • Todd Pletcher, trainer of Gala Award: "He really has [turned into a good turf horse]. It wasn't something we were thinking, but as soon as we tried him on the grass we could see he was, at that time, better on the turf. He has improved in his dirt training, but we're not looking to change right now."

  • John Velazquez, winning rider aboard Gala Award (No. 2): "It was a good trip. I didn't think I was going to be laying in third the first part of the race, but we inherited that and [Mr Speaker] set a pretty good pace. We were bouncing around a little bit at the quarter pole, but he put up a good fight and ended up being the winner."



Sea Queen

  • Top finisher in the Wonder Again Stakes received an automatic invitation to the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 5. The Belmont Oaks is a 1 ¼-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Christophe Clement, trainer of Sea Queen: "Nice filly. I'm a bit surprised she won at 18-1, but it doesn't matter, she can't read the board. Great ride from Irad [Ortiz], and we'll go for the Belmont Oaks."

  • Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning jockey aboard Sea Queen (No. 3): "I'm very happy with her performance. A good filly, and she ran great today. She tries very hard. She gave me everything she had today."



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