All Gates Open At 9 A.M. Saturday For Belmont Stakes Day Simulcasts

All Gates Open At 9 A.M. Saturday For Belmont Stakes Day Simulcasts

     Golden Gate Fields is opening all admission gates at 9 a.m. Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day.

     The early opening will allow fans to watch and wager, via simulcast, on the undercard races on the Belmont Stakes Day program at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.  Post time for the first Belmont simulcast, Race 2, is 9:05 a.m.  Post time for the Belmont Stakes, Race 11 and the 1 1/2-mile final leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, is 3:40 p.m.

     Golden Gate Fields will present a 10-race card of its own Saturday and post time is 11:45 a.m.  The $100,000 Silky Sullivan is the main event on the local program and will be run at 2:23 p.m. as the sixth race on the card.

     The field for the Silky Sullivan Stakes, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Stoney Fleece, Kevin Krigger, 7-5; La Mano Nera, Frank Alvarado, 9-2; Summer Hit, Russell Baze, 7-2; Pepnic, Abel Cedillo, 12-1; A Toast To You, Aaron Gryder, 3-1; and Exotic Slew, Juan Hernandez, 12-1.  All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.

      Belmont Stakes Day festivities at Golden Gate Fields include a Belmont Stakes Wine Festival as well as a Triple Crown/VIP party.

     The wine festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. next to the winner's circle.  Tickets are $38 and include admission to the track, 15 samples of wine (patrons mix and match), a sampling of domestic cheeses, fruits and California brushetta, and a souvenir Golden Gate Fields wine glass.  A jazz band will provide live musical entertainment throughout the festival.
 
     Tickets to the exclusive Triple Crown/VIP party are $65 and include the following: admission to the track and a racing program; an open bar featuring Bloody Marys, margaritas, a selection of wines and beers; a selection of soft drinks featuring Red Bull; a reception style dining menu celebrating the Triple Crown and California cuisine; two complementary cigars; and a live DJ spinning tunes between the races.  The VIP area is located on the mezzanine level at the Club House turn and offers great views of the racing action.  The party begins at 11 a.m. and continues to 5 p.m.