LEXINGTON, KY (June 4, 2013) – Keeneland welcomes race fans to celebrate Belmont Day, Saturday, June 8, with a party featuring New York-style food, picnics in the paddock and a full slate of simulcast racing.
Admission and parking at Keeneland are free on Belmont Day. Gates open at 9 a.m. ET; grandstand mutuel windows open at 11:05 a.m. Post time for Belmont’s first race is 11:35 a.m.; post time for the Belmont Stakes (G1) is 6:36 p.m.
Advance wagering on the entire Belmont Day card will be available at grandstand mutuel windows on Friday, June 7, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Drive-thru mutuel windows will be open Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until Belmont post time.
The Belmont will cap the $1 million-guaranteed Pick Six that begins with the sixth race (post time 2:34 p.m.) and the $1 million-guaranteed Pick Four, starting with race eight (post time 3:59 p.m.).
Fans also can wager on the Brooklyn Handicap/Belmont Double, which links Friday’s $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap (G2) with Saturday’s Belmont, both marathon 1½-mile stakes.
The Belmont race card will be simulcast on Keeneland’s infield LED board, and on TVs throughout the grandstand. Monitors also will be dedicated to NBC Sports’ live coverage of the race.
Fans are welcome to bring their own picnic items, including blankets and lawn chairs, or sample the fare from one of the concession stands or full-service bars open around the grandstand. In honor of the day, Keeneland will feature Manhattan clam chowder, Italian meatball sandwiches and New York cheesecake, as well as the “Belmont Breeze,” the official drink of the Belmont.
The Blue Grass Room will be open on Belmont Day. Reservations may be made by calling 859 288-4213.
In addition to Belmont, Keeneland will offer simulcast wagering from Arlington, Calder, Churchill Downs, Delaware Park, Golden Gate, Betfair Hollywood, Louisiana Downs, Monmouth, Pimlico, Suffolk Downs and Woodbine.