Keeneland will be in a “New York State of Mind” on Saturday when it hosts a Belmont party in celebration of I’ll Have Another’s quest to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.
A full day of simulcast racing, New York-style food concessions, live music and drawings for a 42” flat-screen HDTV and Belmont souvenir programs and mutuel tickets will be featured.
Admission and parking are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday; grandstand mutuel windows open at 11:15 a.m. Post time for the first race from Belmont is 11:35 a.m.; post time for the Belmont Stakes is set for 6:40 p.m.
Advance wagering on the entire Belmont Day card will be available at grandstand mutuel windows on Friday, June 8, 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.
Keeneland says fans are welcome to bring their own picnic items, including blankets and lawn chairs. In honor of the day, Keeneland will feature Manhattan clam chowder, Italian meatball sandwiches and New York cheesecake, as well as the “Belmont Breeze,” the official drink of the Belmont.
Fans can register to win a 42” flat screen HDTV. Other drawings will be held for souvenir Belmont programs and $2 win tickets purchased at Belmont and awarded in the event I’ll Have Another completes the Triple Crown. Fans who register for Saturday’s giveaways will receive a “Uno Mas Mario!” promotional item in honor of I’ll Have Another’s jockey, Mario Gutierrez.
The Belmont race card will be simulcast on Keeneland’s infield LED board, and on television monitors and video displays around the track.