Thursday, 01 February 2024 14:38

Belmont Stakes Tickets on Sale Feb. 15; Purses Total $10.1M; No Alcohol in Coolers

2024 Belmont Stakes logo via the New York Racing Association Inc. 2024 Belmont Stakes logo via the New York Racing Association Inc.

SARATOGA SPRINGS —This year’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at the Saratoga Race Course will feature 23 stakes races with purses totaling $10.1 million, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced last week. This is the first time in Belmont history that the total purses will exceed $10 million. NYRA also announced that tickets will go on sale February 15, and fans attending the festival will not be allowed to bring in alcoholic beverages.

Schedule and Purse Info Revealed

Many races will see significant purse increases, including the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes (from $1.5 million to $2 million), the Grade 1 Resorts World Casino Manhattan (from $750,000 to $1 million), the Grade 1 New York (from $600,000 to $750,000), and the Grade 3 Poker (from $200,000 to $350,000). An additional $100,000 will also be added to the purses of the Grade 1 Woody Stephens, the Grade 1 Jaipur, and the Grade 2 True North.

On Thursday, June 6, the festival will open with four stakes, led by the Grade 2, $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup. Friday will feature three Grade 1 events. Saturday will include six Grade 1 races, culminating with the Belmont Stakes. It will also include the $1 million Resorts World Casino Manhattan for older horses, and the seven-furlong $500,000 Woody Stephens for sophomores. The festival will conclude on Sunday with New York Showcase Day, featuring six stakes exclusively for New York-breds.

For the complete Belmont Stakes Racing Festival stakes schedule, visit BelmontStakes.com/schedule.

Tickets on Sale February 15

General admission tickets, hospitality offerings, and reserved seats for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Thursday, February 15. Four-day general admission passes will cost $90. Single-day admission passes will also be available. General admission on Thursday and Sunday will be $10. General admission will be $30 on Friday. General admission on Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day, will be $50.

General admission tickets will allow access to the backyard, picnic tables, and apron. Reserved picnic tables will be available for purchase in the picnic paddock area. There will be a random drawing at no additional cost for those interested in reserving picnic tables.

Tickets can be purchased on February 15 at BelmontStakes.com/tickets. Advance pre-sale opportunities are also available by signing up at BelmontStakes.com/pre-sale.

No Outside Alcohol Allowed

Unlike most races at Saratoga, fans will not be permitted to bring alcoholic beverages into the venue during the Belmont festival. Coolers containing food and non-alcoholic beverages will be allowed. The rules reflect standard policies at Belmont Park, despite the race not occuring there this year.

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