Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown
FILE - In this June 8, 2019, file photo, Sir Winston (7), with jockey Joel Rosario up, crosses the finish line to win the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20, 2020, without fans and serve as the opening leg of horse racing's Triple Crown for the first time in the sport's history. The New York Racing Association on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, unveiled the rescheduled date for the Belmont, which will also be contested at a shorter distance than usual. This is the first time the Belmont will lead off the Triple Crown ahead of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
The Associated Press
Posted at 3:11 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated2020-05-20 15:37:26-04
The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 in New York in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.
This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning.
The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.
The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race's trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926.
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