When & Where to Watch the 2024 Belmont Stakes

When & Where to Watch the 2024 Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes 2024 dates will take place on Saturday, June 8th. As the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, this will be the 156th running of the race. Due to renovations at Belmont Park, the event will be held at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Traditionally the longest of the Triple Crown races, this year's Belmont Stakes will be run at a shorter distance of 10 furlongs (1 1/4 miles) due to the shorter main track at Saratoga. The race is scheduled to start at approximately 6:50 PM ET (5:50 PM CT, 4:50 PM MT, and 3:50 PM PT). Below, you'll find the Belmont Stakes 2024 dates, TV broadcast information, and more.

Horse Qualification Rules for the Belmont Stakes

A common question is how horses qualify for the Belmont Stakes. Firstly, the race is limited to three-year-old thoroughbreds. The top three finishers from both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes receive automatic entry if they choose to participate. For other horses, they must meet weight requirements (126 pounds for colts and 121 pounds for fillies).

Additionally, horse owners must pay entry fees and nominate their horse to be in the field, typically indicating the horse has performed reasonably well in past races. The race usually caps the number of participants at 14, though this limit hasn't been an issue in recent years.

Full Belmont Stakes 2024 schedule for the Weekend

If you're a horse racing enthusiast, the Belmont Stakes 2024 Racing Festival spans four days, offering an extensive lineup of races. In addition to the races, the festival includes numerous parties and events around town, making it easy to see why attendees might spend an entire week enjoying the festivities. The highlight is Saturday, featuring the Belmont Stakes race at the end of the day.

Here are the four-day Belmont Stakes 2024 dates to help you plan if you’re attending in person.

Thursday, 6th June

Race Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
Belmont Gold Cup $250,000 4&UP Turf 2 Miles
Astoria $150,000 F2YO Dirt 5 1/2 Furlongs
Jersey Girl $150,000 F3YO Dirt 6 Furlongs
Tremont $150,000 2YO Dirt 5 1/2 Furlongs

Friday, 7th June

Race Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
New York Presented by Rivers Casino $750,000 F&M 4&UP Turf 1 3/16
DK Horse Acorn $500,000 F3YO Dirt 1 1/8
Just a Game $500,000 F&M 4&UP Turf 1 Mile
Intercontinental Presented by MTV Solutions $200,000 F&M 4&UP Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs

Saturday, 8th June

Race Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets $2,000,000 3YO Dirt 1 1/4
Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap (BC) $1,000,000 3&UP Dirt 1 Mile
Resorts World Casino Manhattan $1,000,000 4&UP Turf 1 3/16
Ogden Phipps Presented by Ford (BC) $500,000 F&M 4&UP Dirt 1 1/8
Jaipur Presented by Resolute Racing (BC) $500,000 3&UP Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs
Woody Stephens Presented by Mohegan Sun $500,000 3YO Dirt 7 Furlongs
True North Presented by F.W. Webb $350,000 4&UP Dirt 6 1/2 Furlongs
Suburban $350,000 4&UP Dirt 1 1/4
Poker $350,000 4&UP Turf 1 Mile

Sunday, 9th June

Race Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
Beverly R. Steinman (Steeplechase) $150,000 4&UP Turf 2 3/8
Commentator (NYB) $200,000 3&UP Dirt 1 1/8
Critical Eye (NYB) $200,000 F&M 3&UP Dirt 1 1/8
Kingston (NYB) $125,000 4&UP Turf 1 1/16
Mount Vernon (NYB) $125,000 F&M 4&UP Turf 1 Mile
Mike Lee (NYB) $125,000 3YO Dirt 7 Furlongs
Bouwerie (NYB) $125,000 F3YO Dirt 7 Furlongs

2024 Belmont Stakes: Race Day Details & TV Schedule

If you're attending the event, there are races throughout the day leading up to the main event. Gates open at 9:30 AM ET, and the parking lot opens at 8:30 AM ET (with parking requiring advance purchase).

The post time for the Belmont Stakes 2024 is 6:50 PM ET (5:50 PM CT, 4:50 PM MT, and 3:50 PM PT). FOX will handle the broadcast duties for race day. Here are the times and channels for the Belmont Stakes 2024 schedule.

When Will the Post Positions and Odds for the 2024 Belmont Stakes Be Announced?

The Belmont Stakes differs slightly from the Kentucky Derby regarding the post-position draw and odds announcement. The post positions and morning line odds for the Belmont Stakes 2024 schedule will be released on Tuesday, June 4th, along with the final confirmation of the participating horses.

TV Providers That Offer Belmont Stakes 2024

Several TV providers in the USA offer FS1, FOX, and FS2. These include:

Streaming Services: