Stars & Stripes Day, Belmont Stakes Festival Headline Belmont’s Spring/Summer Stakes Schedule

The New York Racing Association Jan. 10 released its stakes schedule for the 2018 spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, which features 62 stakes races worth $19.3 million for the 54-day meet.

Live racing will begin at Belmont April 27 and is anchored by the 150th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) June 9. The longest leg of the Triple Crown will serve as the centerpiece of the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, from June 7-9, that has 18 stakes worth more than $9.4 million.

The 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes will bring down the curtain on three days of top-class racing. The “Test of the Champion” will be supported by eight additional graded stakes June 9, including five grade 1 events: the $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap at a mile, the $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan at 1 1/4 miles on turf, the $750,000 Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles, the $700,000 Longines Just A Game for turf fillies and mares, and the $700,000 Acorn for 3-year-old fillies at a mile.

Contributing to the Belmont Stakes day undercard will be the $400,000 Woody Stephens (G2) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) for 4-year-olds and up older 1 1/2 miles, the $400,000 Jaipur Invitational (G2T) for 4-years-old and older at six furlongs, and the $150,000 Easy Goer for sophomores at 1 1/16 miles.

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will begin June 7, with a trio of stakes for fillies and mares: the $200,000 Intercontinental (G3T) going seven furlongs; the $200,000 Wonder Again (G3T) for sophomores at 1 1/8 miles, and the $150,000 Astoria for 2-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

The festival continues June 8 with five more stakes, topped by the $600,000 New York (G2T) for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles, the $250,000 True North (G2) for older sprinters, and the $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational (G2T) at two miles.

THE NEW YORK RACING ASSOCIATION
2018 BELMONT SPRING/SUMMER STAKES SCHEDULE
DATE
RACE
GR.
’18 PURSE
AGE
DISTANCE
Fri., Apr. 27
Affirmed Success (NYB)
$100,000
4&UP
6 Furlongs
Sat., Apr. 28
Elusive Quality
$125,000
4&UP
7 Furlongs (T)
Sun., Apr. 29
License Fee
$125,000
F&M 4&UP
6 Furlongs (T)
Fri., May 4
Flat Out
$100,000
4&UP
1 3/8
Kentucky Derby Day
Sat., May 5
Sheepshead Bay
II
$200,000
F&M 4&UP
1 3/8 (Turf)
Sat., May 5
Westchester
III
$200,000
4&UP
1 Mile
Sat., May 5
Fort Marcy
III
$150,000
4 & UP
1  1/8 (Turf)
Sun., May 6
Ruffian
II
$250,000
F&M 4&UP
1  Mile
Man o’ War Stakes Festival
Sat., May 12
Man o’ War
I
$700,000
4&UP
1 3/8 (Turf)
Sat., May 12
Peter Pan
III
$350,000
3YO
1 1/8
Sat., May 12
Beaugay
III
$200,000
F&M 4&UP
1  1/16  (Turf)
Sat., May 12
Vagrancy
III
$200,000
F&M 4&UP
6  1/2 Furlongs
Sat., May 12
Runhappy
 
$150,000
4&UP
6 Furlongs
Sun., May 13
Gold Fever
$100,000
3YO
6 Furlongs
Preakness Day
Sat., May 19
Soaring Softly
III
$100,000
F3YO
7 Furlongs (T)
Sat., May 26
Paradise Creek
$100,000
3YO
7 Furlongs (T)
New York Showcase Day
Mon., May 28
Commentator (NYB)
 
$200,000
3&UP
1 Mile
Mon., May 28
Critical Eye (NYB)
 
$200,000
F&M 3&UP
1 Mile
Mon., May 28
Kingston (NYB)
 
$125,000
3&UP
1 Mile (Turf)
Mon., May 28
Mount Vernon (NYB)
 
$125,000
F&M 3&UP
1 Mile (Turf)
Mon., May 28
Mike Lee (NYB)
 
$125,000
3YO
7 Furlongs
Mon., May 28
Bouwerie (NYB)
 
$125,000
F3YO
7 Furlongs
Sat., June 2
Pennine Ridge
III
$200,000
3YO
1  1/8 (Turf)
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival 
Thurs., June 7
Intercontinental
III
$200,000
F&M 4&UP
7 Furlongs (T)
Thurs., June 7
Wonder Again
III
$200,000
F3YO
1  1/8 (Turf)
Thurs., June 7
Astoria
 
$150,000
F2YO
5 1/2 Furlongs
Fri., June 8
New York
II
$600,000
F&M 4&UP
1 1/4 (Turf)
Fri., June 8
Belmont Gold Cup Invitational
II
$400,000
4&UP
2 Miles (Turf)
Fri., June 8
True North
II
$250,000
4&UP
6 1/2 Furlongs
Fri., June 8
Bed o’ Roses Invitational
III
$250,000
F&M 4&UP
7 Furlongs
Fri., June 8
Tremont
 
$150,000
2YO
5 1/2 Furlongs
Sat., June 9
Belmont Stakes
I
$1,500,000
3YO
1 1/2
Sat., June 9
Metropolitan Handicap
I
$1,200,000
3&UP
1 Mile
Sat., June 9
Woodford Reserve Manhattan
I
$1,000,000
4&UP
1 1/4 (Turf)
Sat., June 9
Ogden Phipps
I
$750,000
F&M 4&UP
1  1/16
Sat., June 9
Acorn
I
$700,000
F3YO
1 Mile
Sat., June 9
Longines Just A Game
I
$700,000
F&M 4&UP
1 Mile (Turf)
Sat., June 9
Woody Stephens
II
$400,000
3YO
7 Furlongs
Sat., June 9
Brooklyn Invitational
II
$400,000
4&UP
1 1/2
Sat., June 9
Jaipur Invitational
II
$400,000
4&UP
6 Furlongs (T)
Sat., June 9
Easy Goer
 
$150,000
3YO
1  1/16
Sun., June 10
Jersey Girl
$150,000
F3YO
6 Furlongs
Sat., June 16
Dancin Renee (NYB)
$100,000
F&M 3&UP
6 Furlongs
Sun., June 17
Poker
III
$300,000
4&UP
1 Mile (Turf)
Sat., June 23
Wild Applause
$100,000
F3YO
1 Mile (Turf)
Sun., June 24
NYSS Cupecoy’s Joy Division
$100,000
F3YO
7 Furlongs (T)
Sun., June 24
NYSS Spectacular Bid Division
$100,000
3YO
7 Furlongs (T)
Sat., June 30
Mother Goose
II
$250,000
F3YO
1  1/16
Sat., June 30
Perfect Sting
$100,000
F&M 4&UP
1 Mile (Turf)
Sun., July 1
Saginaw (NYB)
$100,000
4&UP
1  1/16
Wed., July 4
Manila
$100,000
3YO
1 Mile (Turf)
Fri., July 6
State Dinner
$100,000
4&UP
1  1/16
Stars & Stripes Festival
Sat., July 7
Belmont Derby Invitational
I
$1,200,000
3YO
1 1/4 (Turf)
Sat., July 7
Belmont Oaks Invitational
I
$1,000,000
F3YO
1 1/4 (Turf)
Sat., July 7
Suburban
II
$700,000
4&UP
1  1/4
Sat., July 7
Belmont Sprint Championship
II
$350,000
3&UP
7 Furlongs
Sat., July 7
Dwyer
III
$300,000
3YO
1  Mile
Sun., July 8
Victory Ride
III
$150,000
F3YO
6  1/2 Furlongs
Sun., July 8
River Memories
$100,000
F&M 4&UP
1 1/2 (Turf)
Sat., July 14
Forbidden Apple
$150,000
4&UP
1 Mile (Turf)
Sat., July 14
Rockville Centre (NYB)
$100,000
2YO
6 Furlongs
Sun., July 15
Lynbrook (NYB)
$100,000
F2YO
6 Furlongs

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