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All You Need to Know About Belmont Stakes Festival 2016

Start of the Belmont StakesThe 2016 Belmont Stakes may have some of its luster a year after the 1-1/2 mile race in New York played host to the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Undefeated no more, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will skip the event due to health concerns. However, Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator will be there, as will be several other of horse racing's top 3-year-olds.

The post time for the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes will be approximately 6:32 p.m. on Saturday. You watch watch the race on NBC or stream it online via NBC Sports Live Extra.

A full schedule of 19 races will be held Thursday through Saturday, comprising the Belmont Stakes Festival of Racing, with the total purse worth about $10 million. Six Grade I races are scheduled along with four Grade II and one Grade III.

Exaggerator will be the heavy favorite in the Belmont, at 11/10 odds, with Suddenbreaking news (13/2) and Cherry Wine (15/2) and Stradivari (15/2) the others among the projected 12-horse field to post better than 10/1 odds, via OddsShark.

Saturday's entertainment will feature Daughtry, with the national anthem performed by the US Military Academy Band.

Belmont week

How to watch and stream coverage

Wednesday

Post Position Draw, NYRA.com

Friday

Belmont Stakes All Access, 4-6 p.m., NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

Saturday

Belmont Stakes undercard, 3-5 p.m., NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

148th Belmont Stakes, 5-7 p.m., NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra
Post time: 6:32 p.m. ET

Belmont Stakes postrace, 7 p.m., NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

Belmont Stakes Festival of Racing schedule

Thursday

Astoria -- $200,000 purse for 2-year-old fillies running 5-1/2 furlongs

Belmont Coronation -- $200,000 purse for mares and fillies 4-and-up, 1-15/16 miles on turf

Intercontinental -- $150,000 purse for males and fillies 4-and-up, 7 furlongs on turf

Friday

New York  (Grade II) -- $500,000 for fillies and mares 4-and-up, 1-1/4 miles on turf

Belmont Gold Cup -- $300,000 for 4-and-up, 2 miles on turf

Tremont -- $200,000 for 2-year-olds, 5-1/2 furlongs

True North  (Grade II) -- $250,000 for 4-and-up, 6 furlongs

Jersey Girl -- $150,000 for 3-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs

Rags to Riches -- $150,000 for fillies and mares 4-and-up, 1-1/2 mile

Saturday

Belmont Stakes (Grade I) -- $1,500,000 for 3-year-olds, 1-1/2 miles

Metropolitan Handicap (Grade I) -- $1,250,000 for 3-and-up, 1 mile

Manhattan Stakes (Grade I) -- $1,000,000 for 4-and-up, 1-1/4 miles turf

Ogden Phippps Stakes (Grade I) -- $1,000,000 for fillies and mares 4-and-up, 1 mile turf

Just a Game Stakes (Grade I) -- $700,000 for fillies and mares 4-and-up, 1 mile turf

Acorn Stakes (Grade I) -- $700,000 for 3-year-old fillies, 1 mile

Woody Stephens Stakes (Grade II) -- $500,000 for 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs

Brooklyn Invitational (Grade II) -- $400,000 for 4-and-up, 1-1/2 miles

Jaipur Invitational (Grade III) -- $300,000 for 4-and-up, 6 furlongs turf

Easy Goer Stakes -- $150,000 for 3-year-olds, 1-1/16 miles

-from www.sbnation.com

 

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