--Official entries will be posted...as they become official.
--Big difference this year: Breaking tradition, race has been shortened from 1-1/2 miles to 1-1/8 miles.
--A maximum of 16 entries are allowed.
PRE-BELMONT STAKES COMMENTS
USED TO BE THE LONGEST RACE OF THEM ALL! Belmont Stakes always used to be the third leg of the Triple Crown. It all changed with the coronavirus pandemic, and instead, became the first leg of the Triple Crown this year. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes are scheduled in later months...in early September and October respectively.
I wish they didn't break the tradition...especially regarding the race distance. Unfortunately, it deprives those horses who excel at much longer distances from participating in the prestigious race. It doesn't matter if they can go shorter distances; they prefer longer distances. Change in dates is understandable, but not change in distance. It's simply because it changes the entire dynamic of the race. Also, million other races are run at 1-1/8 miles throughout the year and only once at 1-1/2 miles (on dirt). Race at 1-1/2 miles shouldn't become extinct!
Let's hope that Triple Crown races will go back to traditional dates and distances in 2021.