LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Keeneland will throw a Belmont Day party on Saturday to celebrate California Chrome’s quest for racing’s Triple Crown, featuring a New York-style menu, drawings for $2 win tickets and official programs from Belmont Park, and the chance for one lucky fan to place a $500 win bet on the horse of his/her choice in the Belmont Stakes (G1).
Admission and parking at Keeneland are free on Belmont Day. Gates open at 9 a.m. ET; Grandstand mutuel windows open at 11:05 a.m. Post time for Belmont’s first race is 11:35 a.m.; post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:52 p.m.
Fans can register in Keeneland’s Paddock for the Belmont Sweepstakes – grand prize is the chance to place a $500 win bet on the Belmont. Drawings will also be held for Belmont gift packages that include a $2 win ticket on California Chrome from Belmont Park and a souvenir Belmont program.
Advance wagering on the entire Belmont Day card will be available at Grandstand mutuel windows on Friday, June 6, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Drive-thru mutuel windows will be open Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until Belmont post time.
The Belmont will cap the $1 million-guaranteed Pick Six that begins with the sixth race (post time 2:36 p.m.) and $1.5 million-guaranteed Pick Four starting with the eighth race (post time 4 p.m.). The Belmont Day race card features nine graded stakes, six of which are Grade 1 races: the Acorn (G1), Just A Game (G1), Manhattan (G1), Met Mile (G1), Ogden Phipps (G1) and Belmont.