It is almost time for you to place horse racing bets on the Belmont Stakes. How do we know that? Because tickets for the 2017 edition of Test of the Champion will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, January 26th. And if that is not soon enough for you, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) will offer an exclusive pre-sale opportunity from January 24th to January 25th. All 2016 general admission ticket buyers, NYRA Bets members, horse racing gambling fans who sign up online for this exclusive presale at NYRA.com will be able to take part in the presale which starts at 10 a.m.
The Belmont Stake is the oldest and toughest leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. “Over the last several years, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival has become one of New York’s “must-see” events, featuring several days of world class horse racing and entertainment,” NYRA President & CEO Chris Kay said. The 2015 Belmont Stakes was named the Sports Event of the Year. “Our 2017 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival should be another great event,” Kay added. “We are providing our fans with a special presale opportunity to secure their spot at this year’s ‘must-see’ event.”
The Belmont Stakes is not just a chance to place horse racing bets. The race proper may last for only a couple of minutes, but those minutes can be wrapped around an entire weekend of luxury and leisure – if you can afford it, of course. For example, the Champagne Room features live music, a buffet of seasonal fare, premium open bar, climate controlled trackside dining space, horse racing gambling betting windows, and access to the Clubhouse apron. Come to think of it, they should call it the live-music-buffet-bar-climate-controlled room instead.
Then there is the Turf & Field Club on the 4th floor above the track, and if the bird’s eye view from there isn’t good enough – or is too good – there are several flat screen television monitors. The private club includes an upscale buffet, premium open bar package, private accommodations, clubhouse admission and race day program, and complimentary admission ticket to the Stars & Stripes Festival.
In addition to all the above, there is the Garden Terrace (upscale buffet and beer, wine, soda package; seats with views of the entire track; access to horse racing gambling windows and restrooms for the day; clubhouse admission and race day program; and complimentary admission ticket to the Stars & Stripes Festival), the North Shore Terrace (same amenities as the Garden Terrace but set in a more intimate environment), the Marquee Tent (premium open par package, views of the paddock, clubhouse admission and race day program). Finally, people who would like to do a lot more than just place horse racing bets actually have the chance to cater their own event at the picnic spot at the top of the stretch. This locale has a waiting list and space for only 60 fans, so it is no surprise that it sells out quickly.