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8 Ways to Enjoy the Belmont in Saratoga

Belmont Stakes events in Saratoga Springs - Bonacio Management

This year, Saratoga Springs is honored to host the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival! The 5,280-foot race has caused quite a lot of excitement for businesses in the area since the 156-year-old event features Thoroughbred elites and the chance to become Racing Royalty! Belmont Stakes started as a run in Jerome Park, located in Westchester County, New York, funded by August Belmont, which makes it the oldest of the three Triple Crown events. This event will take place from Thursday, June 6th, to Sunday, June 9th, and will include 23 races at our own Saratoga Race Course while the Belmont track is undergoing a $455 million renovation. As tenants living in our Saratoga Springs residences, you have the pleasure of being right in the action of it all, so we wanted to supply you with a list of fun things to do in the area!

Thursday, June 6th

Belmont Breakfast – Country Corner

Hit the Country Corner Café for a hearty Breakfast before you hit the races. Start your Belmont weekend with the Long Island-inspired specials that will fill you up before your big day at the track!

Belmont Stakes Artists Festival – June 6th-9th

If you love art, visit the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Belmont weekend. The museum will feature the most talented artists in thoroughbred racing. Admission is free, and artists will be selling original artwork, prints, and other memorabilia. The artists will also be there to talk about their creative process and how they create their unique artwork, honoring the thoroughbred racing community and the history of Belmont!

Friday, June 7th

Bocage Dining and Belmont Cocktail Specials

The Champagne Bar on Phila Street has an exclusive Belmont Brunch during the weekend, available on June 7th through the 9th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. They will have cocktails and caviar with a selection of fares, including lobster rolls, parfaits, mini quiche, scones, and tarts! They also provide to-go options to bring right to the track! Also featured during the weekend is the Belmont Jewel, a signature drink at Belmont Stakes for the past 25 years! Reservations are open now, so visit to book!

The Mill on Round Lake Belmont Kickoff party

The Mill is offering a free patio party with DJ Romantics! If crowds aren’t your thing, but you still want to celebrate the weekend, this is the perfect place!

Live Harness Racing

Like to gamble? The Saratoga Casino Hotel has live harness races to watch at the rail or lower clubhouse, and guests can also enjoy a meal at Lucky Joe’s. Have a great time with a Belmont Stakes simulcast, giveaways, drawings, and food trucks!

Saturday, June 8th

Forno Bistro – Belmont Brunch

Reservations are required for a local favorite, Forno Bistro’s Belmont Brunch Buffet, featuring Forno classics and brunch delights. The event costs $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will also enjoy live music with local musician Matt O’Rourke.

Dance Fire Studio

Tickets for Cabin Creek’s viewing party are now available! For $40 per person, you can join the fun and enjoy light snacks, a cash bar, and a kickoff at 4 p.m. featuring a wine pull, dine dash, and other giveaways!

Get your tickets here.

Putnum Place Viewing Party

Looking for something the whole family can enjoy? The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is partnering with Putnum Place to host a family-friendly Belmont viewing party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.! Arts, crafts, and other activities will be held outside (weather permitting). Also, enjoy food from West Ave Pizza and Chicken, and aerialists from Good Karma’s A Cash Bar will be available!

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, and $75 for a family of 4.

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