When Is The Belmont Stakes 2022: Schedule, Contenders, And More
Most people consider the late spring season to be the best for horse racing just because of the Triple Crown series. The Triple Crown is constructed by three races including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.
In this particular case, we are going to talk about the last leg of the Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes, also known as the ”Test of Champions.”
This is often the most exciting race of the series, especially if we have a horse that won the first two races and has a chance to win the Triple Crown.
What are the Belmont Stakes?
Most people are surprised to find out that the Belmont Stakes is actually the oldest race of the Triple Crown series. It all started in 1867, and the race on its own is very unique. It features a longer 1 ½ mile track, making it the longest of the three American Triple Crown racetracks.
The Belmont Stakes involves sweeping turns, long homestretch, and an unusual deeper turf that is very challenging for horses. This is why for this race, endurance and pace are more important than speed.
The Belmont Stakes is also known as the “Run for the Carnations” as the winner is draped with approximately 700 white carnation flowers.
When Is This Year’s Belmont Stakes?
We are lined up for the 1544th running of the Belmont Stakes, which is set for Saturday, June 11, 2022. The Belmont Stakes is usually held on the first Saturday of June just because is a non-working day, in the United States.
Throughout its long history, the Belmont Stakes never missed a date, only during the Covid-19 Pandemic that forced the Belmont Stakes to be organized on 20th June.
Where are the Belmont Stakes Organized?
The Belmont Stakes is held on a dirt track at Belmont Park in Elmore, N.Y. This has been the home for the last leg of the Triple Crown series since 1905. Before that, the Belmont Stakes was held at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx from 1867 to 1890 and moved to Morris Park Racecourse from 1891 to 1904.
Which Horses Can Participate in the Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is limited to three-year-old thoroughbreds, but how do horses can enter this prestigious race? – Well the top three finishers from the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes are guaranteed a spot in the race.
Additionally, horses that wish to run must pay a series of entry fees and must be nominated in order to participate in the event. So, the best way to get nominated is by having exceptional results in previous races.
Belmont Stakes Predictions
The Belmont Stakes is probably one of the most unpredictable races in the Triple Crown series. However, since we’ve seen some of the best-performing horses in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, we can get the insight information about each of the horse’s abilities.
For this year’s Belmont Stakes, Mo Donegal, Rich Strike, and Creative Minister are considered the race favorites, at least when it comes to odds.
Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby, which was a surprise for all horse racing enthusiasts. This makes him a definite favorite for the Belmont Stakes.
How to Watch the Belmont Stakes 2022
Since we are days away from the last leg of the Triple Crown series, it is time to prepare your setup in order to make sure an uninterrupted feed of the race. This year, traditionally, NBC will be providing comprehensive race coverage and analysis on live TV.
You can also watch the event on NBCSports.com, and through their NBC Sports App. For those ones that are not from the United States the only option is to check with your local sports provider whether or not it bought the rights for this year’s Belmont Stakes.