Horse racing turns its attention to New York this weekend as Belmont Park, just outside New York City, hosts the third and final leg of the 2022 Triple Crown: the Belmont Stakes. In the 154th running of the event, the 120,000+ capacity venue expects to be packed as eight horses compete for one of the sport’s most coveted trophies.
Unlike in some years past, there will be no Triple Crown will be handed out as Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby and Early Voting took home the Preakness Stakes. Moving to the Belmont Stakes, Rich Strike is in the field, and Early Voting has chosen to sit it out, making this race anyone’s to win.
With the race scheduled to go off at 6:45 PM EST on NBC, let’s take a closer look at this year’s favorite and the best way to get in on the action
Previous Winners of the Belmont Stakes
- 2021: Essential Quality
- 2020: Tiz the Law
- 2019: Sir Winston
- 2018: Justify
Track Preview: Belmont Park
Located just east of New York City, Belmont Mark opened in 1905 with a renovation in 1968, producing the track we see today. Known as “The Big Sandy”, its main dirt track is the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1.5 miles.
It’s also known for the dirt’s depth, often times tiring horses at a faster pace than standard dirt tracks. With a capacity of over 120,000, Belmont Park also boasts some of the biggest attendance records in Triple Crown history. Operated by the New York Racing Association (NRYA), Belmont is one of the most prominent tracks on the east coast and a win here is a dream for the sport’s very best.
And check out our previews for the top horses of the 2022 Belmont Stakes:
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