Breakfast Time With Equine at Belmont Park
Breakfast Time With Equine at Belmont Park by Guest Contributor Michael Fenrich: All of the snow from the winter has melted. It is still kind of cool to start spring. One sign of things that it is warming up is the beginning of the Breakfast at Belmont program.
Breakfast at Belmont commences on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and the final breakfast is Sunday, July 19, closing day of Belmont before Saratoga starts Friday, July 24. Saturday, May 2 is the 141st Kentucky Derby. Families and fans that can’t be in Kentucky can still be around majestic thoroughbreds in the morning and see them train. A few of the New York based trainers and horsemen will be in the Derby. At the breakfast the assistants who don’t travel will oversee the training while they are at Churchill Downs. While watching the horses train families can have the most important meal of the day.
“Breakfast at Belmont is a terrific way for families to enjoy the morning while watching some of the best Thoroughbreds in the world go through their training regiments, ” said trainer Todd Pletcher.
For many years Mary Ryan announced and narrated all of the training information to the families and fans. Mary left NYRA last summer. NYRA will have more information regarding a regular breakfast announcer in the future.
Information About Breakfast at Belmont
Days– Saturday, Sunday and holidays. No Breakfast Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday June 6.
Time– 7am-9:30am. Get there by 8am so not to miss most events. At 9:30 patrons must exit but can wait to pay and re enter at 11am for the afternoon racing or they can leave for the day.
Pricing– Free parking and admission. Just pay $11 for the breakfast buffet.
Location– Buffet is located at the trackside Belmont Cafe on the first floor of Clubhouse.
Equine Events– Tram tour of stable area. No tram Memorial Day. Free Paddock show and free starting gate demonstration.
“Breakfast at Belmont is one of Long Island’s best-kept secrets. Racing fans of all ages can experience the history and pageantry of horse racing’s grandest stage, while enjoying a relaxing, fun morning in one of the nation’s most scenic venues. Affordable and enjoyable, Breakfast at beautiful Belmont Park is the perfect way to start your day,” said John Durso, Jr; Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the New York Racing Association.
While families and fans are in the tranquil atmosphere of the horse utopia, there are jockeys, trainers, jockey agents and other horsemen mulling around, it is a peaceful part of the day at the track.
“Families and fans who gather for Breakfast at Belmont always seem to be having a good time learning about the horses and the races, ” said Teresa Genaro, turf writer and publisher of Brooklyn Backstretch. Teresa can also be found on Twitter @BklynBckstretch.
Before families go to the beaches, parks and other family outings, make your first stop, Breakfast at Belmont and spend time with the elegant equine.