The first leg of the American Triple Crown is right around the corner, but in a format that many expected. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Triple Crown schedule was forced to be completely altered. The Kentucky Derby was originally scheduled for May 2, but was postponed until Sept. 5 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
So, the Kentucky Derby will no longer be the first leg of the Triple Crown like it normally is. Instead, the Belmont Stakes, which is normally the third leg of the Triple Crown, will now be the first leg.
Obviously, the Belmont Stakes is usually the race that can decide if a horse is going to win the Triple Crown. Now, it’ll begin a particular horse’s journey towards a potential Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby will be the second leg on Sept. 5 and the Preakness Stakes will be the final leg on Oct. 3.
Below is all the information that you need to know about the 2020 Belmont Stakes.
When is the 2020 Belmont Stakes?
The 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes will be held Saturday, June 20.
Where is the Belmont Stakes?
If you’ve never watched this race before, this one might be confusing. It’s actually not in Belmont, New York, which is an Allegany County village with a population of under 1,000. The Belmont Stakes is officially held in Elmont, New York (just subtract the “B!”), which is a Long Island community of more than 30,000. Elmont (no “B”) is mostly famous for Belmont Park, home of the Stakes, which was originally built by one August Belmont Jr. in the early 1900s.
How long is the Belmont Stakes?
It is usually the longest of the three Triple Crown races. However, because it is the first leg of the Triple Crown this year, it is being run short than usual. The Belmont Stakes is normally a full 1.5 miles (2,400 meters) around the track. This year, the race is 1 1/8-miles.
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How to watch the 2020 Belmont Stakes
Date: Saturday, June 20
Post time: TBA
Location: Belmont Park (Elmont, New York)
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)