Belmont Stakes 2009 Elmont New York
By Michael Dorausch, DC
Today is the final leg of the Triple Crown, taking place at Belmont Raceway, in Elmont New York. The 1.5 mile thoroughbred horse race has a post time of about 6:27pm, with live television coverage broadcast by ABC, starting at five o'clock ET. Growing up in Floral Park (just blocks away from Belmont), we spent many weekends at the racetrack. I was there in 1973 when Secretariat one the Triple Crown, although being eight years old, I remember the cartoons on the big screen better than the race. Now living in California, I'll watch Belmont live on TV, rather than walk to the track. Today's 2009 Belmont Stakes doesn't have a horse with a chance to be a Triple Crown Winner, but it does have a jockey, whose name is Calvin Borel (Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird and Preakness Stakes on Rachel Alexandra).
(photo: Live Horseracing Belmont Stakes -- credit: [raymond])
It's not uncommon that non-New Yorkers think Belmont Raceway is located in Belmont, New York. However, they'd be mistaken, as the Belmont racetrack (aka Belmont Park) is located on Long Island, in Elmont New York. Belmont, NY is closer to Buffalo and Rochester, than it is Long Island. Races are already underway, as the first race in Belmont started at 11:30 in the morning. Those of you following the 141st running of the prestigious Belmont Stakes online, here I've put together a list of highlighted information for today's race.
Belmont Stakes Race Time -- According to the official Belmont Stakes Website, start time is just After 6:25pm (Eastern time). I get in front of your television or find live Internet coverage before that time, as the race moves quickly. It will be over before you know it.
Watch Belmont Stakes Live Online -- We already mentioned that the race is live on ABC television (which I believe is Channel 7 in most US states), with coverage beginning at about 5pm. I've checked out lots of "watch TV live on your PC" applications and unfortunately they seem rather questionable. While it's no guarantee of live coverage, I'd check out sites like espn.go.com, cnn.com/video (look for the "Live Video" tab), abc.go.com, and specifically for ABC local television, here's a link for more than 10 local ABC news stations online.
Belmont Stakes 2008 -- Who won the 2008 Belmont Stakes? That race was won by Jockey Alan Garcia riding Da' Tara, an American thoroughbred racehorse trained by Nick Zito. Da' Tara was a 38-1 underdog entering the post at Belmont, but pulled off an upset over Big Brown, winning the race with a time of 2:29.65.
Belmont Stakes Favorite -- According to various online horse racing odds websites, Mine That Bird is the favorite horse for the 2009 Belmont Stakes at 4 to 3 odds. Winning the Kentucky Derby at a 50 to 1 long shot, the horse has come a long way to its 4-to-3 odds favorite today to win the 2009 Belmont Stakes. That doesn't necessarily mean he's a good bet. I'd suggest anybody making wagers today search out Belmont Predictions or Belmont Odds to get the most accurate information.
2009 Belmont Stakes Photos -- The Belmont Stakes site has photo galleries, podcasts and videos. There is also going to be plenty of photos posted to Flickr that are tagged 2009 Belmont Stakes. Many of those photos are available via Creative Commons licensing, if you're seeking images for blog posts or news articles.
Belmont Stakes Winner 2009 -- Who won the Belmont Stakes? Summer Bird won!
For those that missed it live, here is 2009 Belmont Stakes video...