Upcoming Belmont Park Meet to Feature 62 Stakes Races

Belmont Park spring/summer meet to begin April 27

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Courtesy BloodHorse.com

The New York Racing Association Jan. 10 released its stakes schedule for the 2018 spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, which features 62 stakes races worth $19.3 million for the 54-day meet.

Live racing will begin at Belmont April 27 and is anchored by the 150th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) June 9. The  longest leg of the Triple Crown will serve as the centerpiece of the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, from June 7-9, that has 18 stakes worth more than $9.4 million.

The 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes will bring down the curtain on three days of top-class racing. The “Test of the Champion” will be supported by eight additional graded stakes June 9, including five grade 1 events: the $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap at a mile, the $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan at 1 1/4 miles on turf, the $750,000 Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles, the $700,000 Longines Just A Game for turf fillies and mares, and the $700,000 Acorn for 3-year-old fillies at a mile.

Contributing to the Belmont Stakes day undercard will be the $400,000 Woody Stephens (G2) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) for 4-year-olds and up older 1 1/2 miles, the $400,000 Jaipur Invitational (G2T) for 4-years-old and older at six furlongs, and the $150,000 Easy Goer for sophomores at 1 1/16 miles.

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will begin June 7, with a trio of stakes for fillies and mares: the $200,000 Intercontinental (G3T) going seven furlongs; the $200,000 Wonder Again (G3T) for sophomores at 1 1/8 miles, and the $150,000 Astoria for 2-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

The festival continues June 8 with five more stakes, topped by the $600,000 New York (G2T) for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles, the $250,000 True North (G2) for older sprinters, and the $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational (G2T) at two miles.

THE NEW YORK RACING ASSOCIATION
2018 BELMONT SPRING/SUMMER STAKES SCHEDULE

DATE

RACE

GR.

’18 PURSE

AGE

DISTANCE

Fri., Apr. 27Affirmed Success (NYB)$100,0004&UP6 Furlongs
Sat., Apr. 28Elusive Quality$125,0004&UP7 Furlongs (T)
Sun., Apr. 29License Fee$125,000F&M 4&UP6 Furlongs (T)
Fri., May 4Flat Out$100,0004&UP1 3/8

Kentucky Derby Day

Sat., May 5Sheepshead BayII$200,000F&M 4&UP1 3/8 (Turf)
Sat., May 5WestchesterIII$200,0004&UP1 Mile
Sat., May 5Fort MarcyIII$150,0004 & UP1  1/8 (Turf)
Sun., May 6RuffianII$250,000F&M 4&UP1  Mile

Man o’ War Stakes Festival

Sat., May 12Man o’ WarI$700,0004&UP1 3/8 (Turf)
Sat., May 12Peter PanIII$350,0003YO1 1/8
Sat., May 12BeaugayIII$200,000F&M 4&UP1  1/16  (Turf)
Sat., May 12VagrancyIII$200,000F&M 4&UP6  1/2 Furlongs
Sat., May 12Runhappy $150,0004&UP6 Furlongs
Sun., May 13Gold Fever$100,0003YO6 Furlongs

Preakness Day

Sat., May 19Soaring SoftlyIII$100,000F3YO7 Furlongs (T)
Sat., May 26Paradise Creek$100,0003YO7 Furlongs (T)

New York Showcase Day

Mon., May 28Commentator (NYB) $200,0003&UP1 Mile
Mon., May 28Critical Eye (NYB) $200,000F&M 3&UP1 Mile
Mon., May 28Kingston (NYB) $125,0003&UP1 Mile (Turf)
Mon., May 28Mount Vernon (NYB) $125,000F&M 3&UP1 Mile (Turf)
Mon., May 28Mike Lee (NYB) $125,0003YO7 Furlongs
Mon., May 28Bouwerie (NYB) $125,000F3YO7 Furlongs
Sat., June 2Pennine RidgeIII$200,0003YO1  1/8 (Turf)

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival 

Thurs., June 7IntercontinentalIII$200,000F&M 4&UP7 Furlongs (T)
Thurs., June 7Wonder AgainIII$200,000F3YO1  1/8 (Turf)
Thurs., June 7Astoria $150,000F2YO5 1/2 Furlongs
Fri., June 8New YorkII$600,000F&M 4&UP1 1/4 (Turf)
Fri., June 8Belmont Gold Cup InvitationalII$400,0004&UP2 Miles (Turf)
Fri., June 8True NorthII$250,0004&UP6 1/2 Furlongs
Fri., June 8Bed o’ Roses InvitationalIII$250,000F&M 4&UP7 Furlongs
Fri., June 8Tremont $150,0002YO5 1/2 Furlongs
Sat., June 9Belmont StakesI$1,500,0003YO1 1/2
Sat., June 9Metropolitan HandicapI$1,200,0003&UP1 Mile
Sat., June 9Woodford Reserve ManhattanI$1,000,0004&UP1 1/4 (Turf)
Sat., June 9Ogden PhippsI$750,000F&M 4&UP1  1/16
Sat., June 9AcornI$700,000F3YO1 Mile
Sat., June 9Longines Just A GameI$700,000F&M 4&UP1 Mile (Turf)
Sat., June 9Woody StephensII$400,0003YO7 Furlongs
Sat., June 9Brooklyn InvitationalII$400,0004&UP1 1/2
Sat., June 9Jaipur InvitationalII$400,0004&UP6 Furlongs (T)
Sat., June 9Easy Goer $150,0003YO1  1/16
Sun., June 10Jersey Girl$150,000F3YO6 Furlongs
Sat., June 16Dancin Renee (NYB)$100,000F&M 3&UP6 Furlongs
Sun., June 17PokerIII$300,0004&UP1 Mile (Turf)
Sat., June 23Wild Applause$100,000F3YO1 Mile (Turf)
Sun., June 24NYSS Cupecoy’s Joy Division$100,000F3YO7 Furlongs (T)
Sun., June 24NYSS Spectacular Bid Division$100,0003YO7 Furlongs (T)
Sat., June 30Mother GooseII$250,000F3YO1  1/16
Sat., June 30Perfect Sting$100,000F&M 4&UP1 Mile (Turf)
Sun., July 1Saginaw (NYB)$100,0004&UP1  1/16
Wed., July 4Manila$100,0003YO1 Mile (Turf)
Fri., July 6State Dinner$100,0004&UP1  1/16

Stars & Stripes Festival

Sat., July 7Belmont Derby InvitationalI$1,200,0003YO1 1/4 (Turf)
Sat., July 7Belmont Oaks InvitationalI$1,000,000F3YO1 1/4 (Turf)
Sat., July 7SuburbanII$700,0004&UP1  1/4
Sat., July 7Belmont Sprint ChampionshipII$350,0003&UP7 Furlongs
Sat., July 7DwyerIII$300,0003YO1  Mile
Sun., July 8Victory RideIII$150,000F3YO6  1/2 Furlongs
Sun., July 8River Memories$100,000F&M 4&UP1 1/2 (Turf)
Sat., July 14Forbidden Apple$150,0004&UP1 Mile (Turf)
Sat., July 14Rockville Centre (NYB)$100,0002YO6 Furlongs
Sun., July 15Lynbrook (NYB)$100,000F2YO6 Furlongs

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