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ELMONT, NY – Fresh on the heels of announcing that the Belmont Stakes (G1) will be held on June 20, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) released the 2020 summer stakes schedule for Belmont Park, which will resume live racing on June 3 and conclude on July 12.
The full slate features 40 total stakes (including 22 graded) worth a combined $7 million, with at least one stakes offered each live day of racing throughout the meet. A total of nine Grade 1s are scheduled, as are four Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” events.
The stakes action commences on opening day June 3 with the $100,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3), a 1 1/16-mile turf event for fillies and mares ages 4 and up. As is the case across the rest of the country, live racing will be held without spectators until further notice.
“The resumption of live racing at Belmont Park on June 3, with all appropriate health and safety protocols in place, will support the hundreds of small businesses, family-owned farms and thousands of hourly workers who form the backbone of thoroughbred racing in New York,” said NYRA President & CEO Dave O’Rourke. “The return of live sports, especially New York institutions like the Belmont Stakes, is a welcome sign of progress that will bring some sense of normalcy back to our everyday lives.”
June 6, the first Saturday of live racing at Belmont Park, will include:
The $300,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1), a 1 1/16-mile dirt race for fillies and mares, will be held on June 13 and offer a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Belmont Stakes Day on June 20 will also include:
Belmont Park’s Stars & Stripes Racing Festival will be held on July 4 and feature several graded stakes, including:
Closing weekend will be held on July 11 and 12, featuring the $150,000 Ruffian Stakes (G2) on Saturday and the $80,000 River Memories Stakes on Sunday. Live racing in New York will then transition to Saratoga, which will hold its summer meet July 16 through September 7.
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