About Belmont Stakes Advance Racetrack
Beautiful Belmont Park is often called one of the best-landscaped venues in American sports. A stately backyard park, residing behind the grandstand, includes a paddock where horses are saddled before each race. The park itself is known for its large attractive trees, landscaping, well-groomed gardens, and an infield dominated by two picturesque lakes.
Belmont can easily be named as one of the most important tracks in horse racing, because of its rich championship history. Belmont Park is home to the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown championship. Belmont boasts the largest attendance capacity in racing. It can hold 90,000 people and has a seating capacity of 32,941. With those numbers, Belmont easily eclipses all tracks in terms of size. Home to the elegant Garden Terrace Restaurant, a luxurious five-star restaurant with a seating size of 2,300, Belmont visitors can also pamper themselves. The Garden Terrace has an elegant attire dress code that's enforced.
The original Belmont track opened on May 4, 1905. The Belmont Park property originally totaled some 650 acres. Because the property stretched slightly into Queens, bookmakers in the track's early days - when bookmaking was illegal - could escape arrest from one county's authorities by jumping over the border. The Belmont Park property originally totaled some 650 acres. It was once even believed that horses rounding the far turn crossed into Queens and then came back to Long Island's Nassau County for the stretch run.
In addition to its lavish racing history, Belmont Park made its mark on another industry native to the Hempstead Plains - aviation. Some 150,000 people were drawn to the track on Oct. 30, 1910 at the climax of the Wright Brothers-staged international aerial tournament, which had started eight years earlier. The event came at the beginning of a period (1910-12) when racing was outlawed in New York State.
In 1963, NYRA chairman James Cox Brady announced that two separate engineering surveys found Belmont's grandstand/clubhouse were unsafe, and had to be rebuilt. The old structures were demolished, beginning in 1963, and a new grandstand was built on May, 20, 1968. This new structure amounted a total of $30.7 million, money well spent, considering that Belmont now can host more racing fans than any other venue.