By Michael Fenrich
NYRA has announced the return of its “Breakfast at Belmont” program.
Price: Free Parking
Free Admission (prices below for breakfast)
$7.50 Kids 6 and under
Cuisine: Hotel Style Buffet. Cereal, juice and coffee.
“The Breakfast at Belmont program is a great way for people to come see the horses train and meet some of the jockeys and trainers. Not many things these days are FREE, unless of course you order breakfast,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Time: 8 am-9:30 am estimate. Fans need to depart the track at the end of the morning breakfast but they can wait until the gates re-open for the afternoon racing, the admission to re-enter is only $5.
“Breakfast at Belmont is a great way for the community of all ages to enjoy a morning watching some of the world’s greatest Thoroughbreds in their morning workouts,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.
“It’s great for fans to be able to get up close and personable,” said Hall of fame jockey Mike Smith. Smith used to ride on the NYRA circuit and is now a Triple Crown jockey.
2019 Dates For The Breakfast at Belmont Program
Saturday, Sunday, Monday – May 25, 26, 27: Memorial Day Weekend. Before going to parades, ceremonies and the beach visit Belmont and fill up on breakfast and see the equines train.
Saturday And Sunday- June 1 -2. A week before the 151st Belmont Stakes come out to see some of the stakes contenders work out.
Saturday And Sunday-June 15-16. First it was Mother’s Day in May now it is Father’s Day in June. Bring out dad and watch future sires of Thoroughbreds train and thank dad.
Saturday And Sunday-June 29-30. Before they go upstate to Saratoga try to get a few days of the quiet mornings and have a nice breakfast.
Saturday July 6. With closing weekend a week early this year and after July 4 celebrations bring the family to Belmont one last morning.
Events: Tram Tour. Fans can see the backstretch world where the horses reside.
No Tram Monday Memorial Day and no tram Saturday, June 1. Also weather permitting on any other weekend.
Paddock Show. They describe the day and a life of the Thoroughbred routine in the morning and afternoon.
Starting Gate. The fans learn and they can enter the gate and take selfies leaving the gate like the horses do in the afternoon.
The Breakfast is a great way for families and fans to enjoy peaceful mornings with the equine athlete at Belmont. For more info click here.