Outside of Breeders’ Cup Saturday, there is no single day of racing in America that can rival the overall quality of racing on Belmont Stakes Day. The day features a whopping eight Grade 1 races anchored by the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown.
The New York Racing Association shifted around their stakes schedule in recent years to make this a can’t-miss day regardless of whether or not there was a Triple Crown, and the resultant program has been a resounding success. Prestigious races such as the Grade 1, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap, which was traditionally the feature race run on Memorial Day at Belmont, are relegated to undercard status on Belmont Stakes Day, but have routinely provided show-stopping performances.
The other Grade 1’s on the card are the Manhattan, Ogden Phipps, Acorn, Just a Game, Woody Stephens and Jaipur — all of which would be unquestioned features on any other day. Belmont Stakes Day is truly the mid-year Breeders’ Cup, though the Breeders’ Cup doesn’t have the privilege of hosting a Triple Crown race, too.
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