- Friday’s racing card at Belmont Park will be headlined by the $750,000 USD Grade 1 New York Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up.
- The New York Stakes is one of five graded stakes races on the Friday card.
- Saturday brings the huge racing day culminated by the Belmont Stakes.
The first two legs of the Triple Crown–the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes–each have a big race headlining the card on the Friday before. The Kentucky Derby’s Friday ‘warm up’ is the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks for three year old fillies. The Friday before the Preakness Stakes is headlined by the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan for three year old fillies. These are among the premier races of the season for three year old female horses.
The Belmont does things a bit differently. The big race for three year old female horses on the weekend of the Belmont Stakes is actually on the undercard–that would be the $500,000 Grade 1 Acorn Stakes which goes a mile on the dirt track. The Acorn will be Race 3 on the Saturday Belmont card–one of eight Grade 1 stakes events. The Saturday Belmont card is arguably the biggest non-Breeders’ Cup racing day of the year.
The emphasis on the Belmont Stakes undercard doesn’t mean that Friday is devoid of good racing. It is a pretty impressive lineup in its own right, with five graded stakes events including the $750,000 USD Grade 1 New York for older fillies and mares (four years old and up) going a mile and a quarter on the inner turf track. It is the penultimate race–Race 10–on a racing card at Belmont Park with a first race post time of 12:50 PM Eastern on Friday, June 10. In this post, we’ll look at the lineup for Friday’s Belmont Park racing:
BELMONT PARK FRIDAY, JUNE 10 2022
FIRST RACE POST TIME 12:50 PM EDT
Maiden Special Weight (MSW) with a $90,000 purse for 3 year olds and up going 1 mile on dirt. Chad Brown trained Artorius is the 2-1 morning line favorite.
Maiden claiming race $45,000 purse for fillies and mares 3 years old and up going 1 1/6 miles on the inner turf track. Regina is the 9-5 morning line favorite.
THIRD RACE–THE 65th RUNNING OF THE BED O’ ROSES STAKES
GRADE 2–$300,000 USD PURSE
This race is named for 1949 2 year old champion filly and 1952 American Champion Older Female Horse Bed O’ Roses. Race was previously run at Jamaica Race Course until 1959. It then moved to Aqueduct until 2010. Seven furlongs on the dirt track. Bella Sofia is the 1-1 morning line favorite out of a small four horse field.
Allowance race for 3 year olds and up going 6 furlongs on the dirt track. Chad Brown’s Scilly Cay is a 2-1 morning line favorite. $92,000 USD purse.
Allowance optional claiming with a $94,000 USD purse for fillies and mares 3 years old and up going 7 furlongs on turf. Miss Dracarys at 7-2 is the morning line favorite out of a field of 13 runners.
Maiden special weight w/ a $75,000 USD purse for NY bred horses 3 years old and up going six furlongs on turf. Yarrow is the 2-1 morning line favorite from a field of 10.
Allowance race for fillies and mares three years old and up going 6 furlongs on dirt with a $92,000 USD purse. Chad Brown trained Speaks for Itself is an even money morning line favorite.
EIGHTH RACE–THE 8th RUNNING OF THE BELMONT GOLD CUP
GRADE 2–$400,000 USD PURSE
Something of an oddball race for a North American track. It is the longest graded stakes race in North America as horses age four years old and up go a distance of two miles on the turf. The race has been dominated by European horses since the beginning. There are just two European horses shipping in this year, one being morning line favorite Outbox at 2-1.
NINTH RACE–THE44th RUNNING OF THE TRUE NORTH STAKES
GRADE 2–$300,000 USD PURSE
Named for the winner of the 1945 Fall Highweight handicap. Horses 4 years old and up going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt.
TENTH RACE–THE 79th RUNNING OF THE NEW YORK STAKES
GRADE 1–$750,000 USD PURSE
For fillies and mares 4 years old and up going 1 1/4 miles on the inner turf track. Trainer Chad Brown has four runners in the event including 5-2 morning line favorite Bleecker Street.
ELEVENTH RACE–THE 9th RUNNING OF THE INTERCONTINENTAL STAKES
GRADE 3–$200,000 USD PURSE
The day concludes with a race for older fillies and mares (4 years old and up) going 6 furlongs on turf. Caravel is a 4-1 morning line favorite out of a 13 horse field.