What Are Some Facts About the Belmont Park Race Track?


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Some facts about the Belmont Park racetrack are that it has a 1 1/2-mile-long dirt track, the park can hold up to 90,000 spectators and it has two turf tracks in addition to the dirt track. As of 2015, Belmont Stakes, the oldest of the three Triple Crown races, has been held here almost annually since 1905.

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Belmont Park is located in Elmont, New York. Belmont Park is the track where Secretariat made his monumental and historic win in the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths. The stretch, or the area from the final turn to the finish line, is 1,097 feet long on the dirt track. The track has been the site of some tragedy as well. A filly by the name of Ruffian had to be put down after complications of a broken ankle suffered during a match race at Belmont Park. She is buried in the infield.

Belmont Park is often referred to as the Championship Track because some major championship races ran there in the 20th century. There is some debate about whether the park was named after August Belmont Sr., a sportsman and financier or his son, August Belmont II, who was a member of the Westchester Racing Association. The buildings and track that are located at the park today are not originals. The originals were torn down and rebuilt in the 1960s, and the buildings and track that exist now are the result of that rebuilding.

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