Belmont Park 2016 Spring/Summer and Fall Championship Meet
The 54-day Belmont spring/summer meet begins on Friday, April 29. The three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will begin on Thursday, June 9, and is anchored by the 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11.
The Belmont spring/summer meet also will feature the second "must-see" event of the year, the internationally themed "Stars & Stripes Festival" featuring the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby and the $1 million Belmont Oaks on Saturday, July 9. The spring/summer meet concludes on Sunday, July 17.
Later in the year, the Belmont Fall Championship meet will run 38 days from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, October 30. Two "Super Saturdays" are scheduled for Saturday, October 1 and Saturday, October 8. The highlight of the Fall Championship meet, the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, is scheduled for October 8.
For General Information Inquiries please phone (718) 641-4700
Belmont Park is a 430-acre racetrack in Elmont, N.Y.
2150 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont NY 11003
Main Course: 1 1/2 Miles
Last Turn to Finish on Main Track: 1,097 feet
Widener Turf Course: 1 5/16 Miles
Inner Turf Course: 1 3/16 Miles
Attendance Capacity: 85,000 - 90,000
Parking Capacity: 18,500 Cars
Trackside Dining: 2,300
Total Seating Capacity: 32,941
General Parking is now FREE
Preferred Parking - 2016 pricing information coming soon
Handicapped parking is available near the Clubhouse and Grandstand.
Parking is on a first-come first-serve basis after the official opening of the parking gates.
Appropriate parking fees apply. Handicapped permit or registration required.
Courtesy Shuttle Bus service is available from all general parking areas.
Parking fees will be at the discretion of management throughout the 2016 racing season.
Valet parking during the 2016 Belmont Park meet will only be available on the eight select race days listed below. For guests wishing to purchase pre-paid valet, the price is $10 per vehicle.
5/8 - Mother’s Day
5/30 - Memorial Day/Big Apple Showcase Day
6/19 - Father’s Day
7/4 - Independence Day
7/9 - Stars And Stripes Day
10/1 - Turf Classic Day
10/8 - Super Saturday
10/22 - Empire Showcase Day
General Admission to Belmont Park is $5
Book your group outing at beautiful Belmont Park! Group sales information can be found here.
Breakfast at Belmont
Breakfast at Belmont is a program that enables families to enjoy good food at very reasonable prices while watching Thoroughbreds train in the morning. After breakfast, fans are invited to take a free tram ride (weather permitting) through the stable area, enjoy a free Paddock Show and participate in a free Starting Gate demonstration.
The optional quick-service breakfast buffet includes coffee, tea, and juices and is available through 9:30 am in the trackside Belmont Cafe located on the 1st floor of Clubhouse.
Breakfast Admission & Parking: Free
Hours: 7:00 - 9:30 am
Belmont Park is cleared at the conclusion of the Breakfast at Belmont Program. Patrons who wish to attend the afternoon's races are charged admission upon re-entering when the gates open at 11:30 am.
Saturday May 7 and Sunday, May 8 (Derby weekend and Mother’s Day)
Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29 & Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day weekend & Big Apple Showcase Day)
Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day weekend)
Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 (Stars & Stripes Festival)
Elegant attire has long been a tradition at Belmont Park. Ladies & Gentlemen who honor this tradition are always appreciated. People 12 years and over must abide by the dress code.
Paddock & Winner’s Circle
No shorts or abbreviated wear permitted.
Gentlemen – collared shirts required.
Gentlemen: Suits or sports jackets required. (tie optional).
Ladies: Dresses, skirts or slack outfits. Absolutely no shorts or jeans.
Ties required on Belmont Stakes Day.
Shirts and shoes required.
Proper attire at management’s discretion.
No short shorts, cut-offs or abbreviated wear permitted.
Gentlemen – No tank tops.
Belmont Room (Trustees’ Room)
Gentlemen: Suits or sports jacket & tie required.
Ladies: Dress, slacks or pant suits. No jeans or shorts permitted.
Neat Casual Attire
Gentlemen: Collared shirts required.
Suits or sports jacket optional.
No short or abbreviated wear permitted.
Fans may bring coolers into the backyard of the grandstand at Belmont Park, and they are also permitted at our trackside Top of the Stretch Picnic area. Coolers will not be allowed in any other area at the track. Glass containers are not allowed anywhere in the park. As in the past, fans can bring in coolers containing cans or plastic bottles. All glass containers are prohibited.
All coolers will be subject to search by NYRA security.
No coolers of any kind will be permitted in the buildings, including all seating areas, or on the apron of the track.
Fans with coolers should enter the track at either the paddock or west end admission gates. Coolers will not be allowed through the clubhouse gate.
For a complete listing of banned items please call 718-641-4700 or click here.
For your convenience, ATMs are located at the following locations:
1st floor Grandstand near the end mutuel window closest to finish line.
2nd floor Grandstand opposite the Belmont Grill.
1st floor Clubhouse adjacent to the Belmont Café
2nd floor Clubhouse opposite the Clubhouse elevator.
3rd floor Clubhouse opposite the Clubhouse escalator.
4th floor Clubhouse opposite the Turf & Field Room.
Binocular Rentals - $2
At the Guest Services Center located on the 1st floor of the Grandstand by the finish line; 2nd floor Guest Services Center opposite the escalator.
Available at the Guest Services Centers located on the 1st floor of the Grandstand adjacent to the finish line and 2nd floor Clubhouse opposite the escalator.
Personal Handicapping Stations
Located on the first floor Grandstand (formerly the clubhouse) and second floor Clubhouse, the Personal Handicapping Stations offer serious handicappers their privacy with personal desktops and televisions. Cost is $3 per day ($5 on 10/3/15); tickets as well as Ragozin and Thoro-Graph Sheets may be purchased at the Clubhouse Hospitality Center from 10:30 am until the last race.
Race Replay Centers
Located on the 2nd floor of the Clubhouse opposite the escalator and the 2nd floor of the Grandstand opposite the Belmont Grill.
Located in the basement by the Jockey’s Room.
Lost and Found
Located in the Security Office at the west end of in the basement.
Free wireless access is available to patrons throughout the clubhouse side of the facility. Availability is limited within the grandstand area.
Click here for more information on Guest Services at Belmont Park.
Addresses and Phone Number
2150 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont NY 11003
New York Racing Association
PO Box 90
Jamaica NY 11417
General Information Desk:
Phone: (718) 641 - 4700 or (516) 488 - 6000
For information about LIRR Service to Belmont Park, visit the LIRR Website at: www.mta.info/lirr or call the LIRR's 24-Hour Travel Information Center at 718-217-LIRR (5477).
Hotels and Motels
Click here for lodging information.
Cashing Mutuel Tickets by Mail
Winning pari-mutuel tickets from all races conducted throughout 2015-16 at Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga or any simulcast track NYRA offers wagering on must be presented for payment on or before March 31, 2016 and can be cashed during any race day at the current live racing NYRA meet. You cannot cash winning NYRA mutuel tickets at any OTB.
Winning NYRA mutuel tickets may also be sent by certified or registered mail to the address listed below and must be received by NYRA no later than March 31, 2016. In accordance with NYSRWB rules, NYRA must be in possession of these tickets no later than March 31, 2016 in order to be eligible for payment. Therefore, tickets mailed with an earlier postmark but received by NYRA after March 31st will not be processed. Please allow sufficient time to make certain that NYRA is in receipt of your ticket(s) before this deadline.
New York Racing Association
ATTN: Mutuel Dept.
PO Box 90
Jamaica NY 11417
The physical address for NYRA is the following:
110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
Jamaica NY 11420
It is advised that you keep copies for your records.
For winnings that exceed 300-1 odds - more than $600 - the Internal Revenue Service requires that a W2-G Tax Form is completed. This form requires two proofs of identity: 1, Copy of Drivers License or State issued photo ID; and 2, Copy of Social Security Card or a card that establishes your identity and includes your social security number. All winnings subject to reporting and/or withholding as described in IRS form W2G will be administered in accordance with applicable IRS code.
Rule for Uncashed Tickets
Effective January 1, 2009, pari-mutuel tickets not cashed within 10 days of purchase that have a value of $300 or more must be redeemed at IRS-designated mutuel windows. The patron needs to provide a name, home address, date of birth and social security number. This requirement is part of a new rule that was opposed by The New York Racing Association, but still implemented by the New York State Racing & Wagering Board. Please note that unless the payout on the ticket is 300-1 or higher and in excess of $600, the patron’s information will not be reported to the IRS. The same requirements apply for tickets cashed by mail that meet these parameters.