Once you’re there
Horse racing is obviously the main attraction all three days. If you do find yourself in a “standing room-only” situation, don’t fret: High-def TVs will be all over, so you won’t miss any of the action.
Windows to place your bets, as well as self-service kiosks, are located all over the park. If you go up to a window, you’ll need to state the race number, the amount you’re betting, the type of bet (“straight” bets are typically best for beginners), and the horse’s number (not its name). For example: “Fourth race, $10 to Win, on 5.” You won’t need deep pockets to have a bit of gambling fun: The minimum wager is $1.
On Friday, Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot Celebrating The Music of Billy Joel will be taking the stage (this is Long Island, after all.) DelGuidice is on tour with Billy Joel playing rhythm guitar and vocals, and was handpicked by The Piano Man to headline his tribute band. On Saturday, the cast of Broadway’s On Your Feet! will perform trackside, as well as Andy Grammer, best known for the song “Honey, I’m Good.”
There will also be plenty to eat (and drink, from canned beer to The Belmont Jewel, the signature bourbon cocktail of the Belmont Stakes, depending on where you are). Two Coors Lite Food Truck Villages, with fare from Korilla BBQ, Souvlaki GR, Nuchas Empanadas, the Coney Shack, and other popular New York eateries, will be positioned at the Top of the Stretch and the Backyard areas.