Last Updated on March 8, 2021
The traditional third leg of the Triple Crown will go from last to first in 2020.
In a statement from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) on Tuesday, the Belmont Stakes has announced it will run on Saturday, June 20th with no fans in the stands to “mitigate risk and combat the spread of COVID-19.”
NYRA today announced the 152nd Belmont Stakes will be held on Saturday, June 20 without spectators in attendance ⬇️https://t.co/6z422RD7A4
— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) May 19, 2020
“The Belmont Stakes is a New York institution that will provide world-class entertainment for sports fans during these challenging times,” says NYRA President & CEO Dave O’Rourke. “While this will certainly be a unique running of this historic race, we are grateful to be able to hold the Belmont Stakes in 2020.”
The race will be shortened from 1 1/2 miles to 1 1/8 miles to account for the schedule changes of the Triple Crown races in 2020. The Kentucky Derby was moved from Saturday May 2nd to Saturday September 5. The Preakness Stakes, normally held two weeks after the Derby has been postponed from May 16 to October 23rd.
Where to Bet on The Belmont Stakes
Even if you’re not in a state with access to any of those online sportsbooks, you can actually bet on horse racing in most states by going to your local track (assuming they are open in the midst of COVID-19) or online via Horse Racing Apps. Click here to see your options.
For more information on where to bet on horse racing, visit our 2020 Kentucky Derby Betting Guide.