Sports in 2020 are looking much different than usual, and horse racing is no exception.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Triple Crown calendar has been altered significantly. In a normal year, we’d have already seen the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but now the Kentucky Derby will happen on September 5th, and the Preakness will be the last of the three races, currently scheduled for October 3rd. This shakeup also means that the Belmont Stakes, usually the last of the three, will be the first. It will also be run without spectators in the stands.
“The Belmont Stakes is a New York institution that will provide world-class entertainment for sports fans during these challenging times,” said NYRA President & CEO Dave O’Rourke. “While this will certainly be a unique running of this historic race, we are grateful to be able to hold the Belmont Stakes in 2020.”
The race known as the “Test of the Champion,” because of it’s challenging length, will now take place on June 20th. The Kentucky Derby is one and one-quarter miles long, while the Preakness – shortest of the three – is one and three-sixteenth miles. The Belmont Stakes usually runs at one and one-half miles, but because of the new schedule, will be a shorter race, and run at a mile and an eighth. .
152nd Belmont Stakes Time and Location
Date: 6/20/2020 Start Time: 3 p.m. ET Location: Belmont Park – Elmont, New York
2020 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds
Early Belmont Stakes betting odds have Tiz The Law currently priced as the favorite at +150. He races the Belmont with a home-field advantage after winning the Grade 1 Champagne Belmont Park last October. Right behind him on the odds board at +350 is Charlatan, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, and winner in all three of his starts.