2023 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival to open today
by Pat McKenna
Following significant improvement in air quality conditions throughout New York State, and in consultation with the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC), the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced that live racing will resume at Belmont Park today at 12:50 p.m.
Friday's 11-race card, which is highlighted by five graded stakes, raises the curtain on the 2023 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival after poor air quality forced the cancelation of Thursday’s twilight racing program and the closure of Belmont and Saratoga Race Course for training.
In addition to the resumption of live racing, both Belmont and Saratoga re-opened for training earlier this morning. Moving forward, NYRA will continue to actively monitor air quality conditions and forecasts to ensure the environment remains safe for racing participants and fans this weekend.
The 155th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets headlines a blockbuster card of racing on Saturday, June 10, which will include nine graded stakes in total. First post on Saturday is 11:20 a.m.
For additional information on the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, visit BelmontStakes.com.