Belmont Derby Stars in Stars and Stripes Festival at Belmont
By Margaret Ransom
Saturday’s talent-filled Stars and Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park, which offers an amazing five graded stakes worth purses of $3.7 million, takes the thoroughbred racing spotlight on Saturday. The internationally popular event is led by the featured $1.2 million Belmont Derby (GIT) and $1 million Belmont Oaks (GIT) and is supported by three other mid-six-figure stakes which will see some much-loved fan favorites.
The New York weather forecast is supposed to beautiful, though slightly on the warmer side for Saturday with sunny skies forecasted and highs in the mid-80s. The Friday rain is expected to clear out and while a dry track is expected for the day Saturday, the turf course may have a little give, which is especially attractive for the multitude of European shippers.
The 10th is the featured 1 ¼-mile Belmont Derby, which is an invitational event for 3-year-olds that will be contested over the track’s inner grass course. Eleven names were entered for the event, which has been run as a summer feature since… (more)