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The Belmont Stakes schedule 2024 looks a little different to normal. That is because the meet containing the third and final leg of the Triple Crown has a new temporary home. The entire Belmont Stakes Racing Festival moves upstate and out of New York City for 2024 and 2025.

This is because Belmont Park has an extensive renovation process having at it. Most of the Belmont race program is at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs. More than just a spa town 300km outside The Big Apple, it’s a horse racing hub in its own right.

Saratoga hosts the entire Belmont Stakes schedule this year and next. Triple Crown fans will soon be back at Belmont Park though, so the action is only at another NYRA operated track for a couple seasons. Those racegoers with Belmont Stakes tickets should remember to head for Saratoga, though!

On this page, we break down the entire Belmont program from the four-day meet known as the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. There are changes to events like race distances, because Saratoga isn’t the exact same size at Belmont Park. We tell you all about the action on each of the four days.

Belmont Stakes Schedule Of Events – Belmont at Saratoga

Belmont Stakes schedule switches from Belmont Park to Saratoga

Now that you understand a different host venue is where the Belmont Stakes 2024 schedule is at, let’s get down to business. We have a day-by-day breakdown of the four-day meet right here with graded stakes and Black Type races throughout.

There is so much to bet on through the best Belmont Stakes racebooks, that’s for sure. Let’s start at the beginning of the Festival with the opening day:

Belmont Gold Cup Day Card (Thursday, June 6)

First up on the Belmont Stakes schedule is a feature race which always attracts overseas runners from across the pond. Headlining this opening day of the meet is the Grade II Belmont Gold Cup on turf for Flat stayers.

On the dirt, meanwhile, are some of the early Black Type and Listed events for juveniles. The Astoria Stakes for fillies only and Tremont Stakes give precocious two-year-olds chances to shine. These, alongside the Jersey Girl Stakes for three-year-old fillies, act as supporting races on the Belmont Gold Cup card which has 10 races in total:

Race No Race Name Race Type Surface Distance Age of Horses
1 Maiden Claimer Dirt 1m 0.5f 3yo+
2 Tremont Stakes Listed Dirt 5.5f 2yo only
3 Allowance Race Dirt 7f 3yo+
4 Jersey Girl Stakes Black Type Dirt 6f 3yo fillies only
5 Maiden Special Weight Maiden Turf 5.5f 3yo+
6 Maiden Special Weight Maiden Dirt 7f 3yo+
7 Allowance Race Dirt 1m 3yo+
8 Maiden Special Weight Maiden Turf 1m 0.5f 3yo+
9 Astoria Stakes Black Type Dirt 5.5f 2yo fillies only
10 Belmont Gold Cup Grade II Turf 2m 4yo+

Acorn Stakes Day Card (Friday, June 7)

Day two of the meet sees three Grade I races on the Belmont Stakes schedule of events. The best known of these is the Acorn Stakes for three-year-old fillies on dirt, but this year there’s a twist. It will have a race distance of nine furlongs, rather than an extended mile.

On the turf, meanwhile, the Just A Game Stakes and New York Stakes are Grade I Belmont events at Saratoga open to older horses. A Grade II turf sprint in the Intercontinental Stakes is another key supporting race on this card. There are 12 events on the track in total:

Race No Race Name Race Type Surface Distance Age of Horses
1 Maiden Special Weight Maiden Dirt 7f 3yo+
2 Allowance Optional Claimer Dirt 1m 2f 3yo+
3 Starter Allowance Dirt 1m 1f 3yo+
4 Starter Allowance Dirt 7f 3yo+
5 Allowance Optional Claimer Turf 5.5f 3yo+
6 Allowance Optional Claimer Dirt 1m 3yo only
7 Allowance Race Dirt 6f 3yo+
8 Allowance Race Dirt 6.5f 3yo+
9 Intercontinental Stakes Grade II Turf 5.5f 4yo+
10 Just A Game Stakes  Grade I Turf 1m 4yo+
11 New York Stakes Grade I Turf 1m 1.5f 4yo+ fillies & mares
12 Acorn Stakes Grade I Dirt 1m 1f 3yo fillies only

Belmont Stakes Card (Saturday, June 8)

The Belmont Stakes race day schedule is jam-packed with action on both grass and dirt. This is no one trick pony, but builds excitement to the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.

There is a lot going on with the Belmont Stakes schedule at Saratoga here on this huge day for the sport. The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival day three card includes five other Grade I events on the track.

Turf sprinters show off their speed in the Jaipur Stakes, reduced to an extended five furlongs (1,1oom) from six while the race is at Saratoga. It’ll be fast and furious with some of the fastest horses in training scorching the grass.

Older fillies and mares tackle the Ogden Phipps Stakes on the dirt. This race, like others open to older horses at the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, has a history of multiple winners.

Three-year-olds that haven’t stayed the middle distances of Triple Crown races run in the Woody Stephens Stakes down in trip over seven furlongs. Handicappers also have some real brain busters at the meet, though.

That’s because the Belmont Stakes schedule has two Grade I handicaps alongside these conditions races. First up, the Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap tests the mettle of milers on the dirt. Also known as the Met Mile, this race has a storied history.

The Manhattan Stakes, meanwhile, is the other big handicap on the card. Run on turf and only open to older horses, this also promises absorbing action in the build-up to the big race.

Full Belmont Stakes Day Schedule

Race No Race Name Race Type Surface Distance Age of Horses
1 Allowance Race Dirt 1m 3yo+
2 Allowance Optional Claimer Dirt 1m 3yo+
3 Allowance Optional Claimer Dirt 6.5f 3yo+
4 True North Stakes Grade II Dirt 6.5f 4yo+
5 Poker Stakes Grade III Turf 1m 4yo+
6 Suburban Stakes Grade II Dirt 1m 2f 4yo+
7 Ogden Phipps Stakes Grade I Dirt 1m 1f 4yo+ fillies & mares
8 Woody Stephens Stakes Grade I Dirt 7f 3yo only
9 Jaipur Stakes Grade I Turf 5.5f 3yo+
10 Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap Grade I Dirt 1m 3yo+
11 Resorts World Casino Manhattan Stakes Grade I Turf 1m 1.5f 4yo+
12 Belmont Stakes Grade I Dirt 1m 2f* 3yo only
13 Maiden Special Weight Maiden Dirt 1m 0.5f 3yo+
14 Allowance Race XYZ Turf 5.5f 3yo+
* Normal race distance is 1m 4f, but configuration of Saratoga Race Course means a shorter trip.

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Final Day (Sunday, June 9)

Taking advantage of Saratoga having a steeplechase course, the final day of the Belmont Stakes schedule will include some jumping this year. The brand new Beverly R. Steinman Steeplechase is the feature Grade I as the curtain falls on the Festival.

Most of the card sees State Restricted races for local take center stage. Saratoga is Upstate New York’s center for thoroughbred bloodstock, so a range of dirt and turf events for equines from the Empire State showcases them:

Race No Race Name Race Type Surface Distance Age of Horses
TBD Beverly R. Steinman Steeplechase Grade I Turf 2m 3f 3yo+
TBD Bouwerie Stakes State Restricted Dirt 7f 3yo fillies only
TBD Commentator Stakes State Restricted Dirt 1m 1f 3yo+
TBD Critical Eye Stakes State Restricted Dirt 1m 1f 3yo+ fillies & mares
TBD Kingston Stakes State Restricted Turf 1m 0.5f 4yo+
TBD Mike Lee Stakes State Restricted Dirt 7f 3yo only
TBD Mount Vernon Stakes State Restricted Turf 1m 4yo+ fillies & mares


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Jamie Clark

After more than a decade of picking winners for the biggest races on the planet, pro handicapper Jamie Clark has been involved with our Belmont Stakes project right from the start. A thoroughbred pedigree expert, he has the knowledge of all the horses taking part in this and other major events across the USA and beyond.