The 2020 Belmont Stakes will take place June 20, 2020, the New York Racing Association announced Tuesday. After the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes rescheduled their events for Sept. 5 and Oct. 3, respectively, this year will mark the first time that Belmont will be the first leg of the Triple Crown.
It will also be a shortened race of 1 1/8 miles compared with the usual 1 1/2 miles because of the schedule adjustments and the calendar for the horses in training. NBC will televise the race and fans will not be allowed to attend the event.
"While this will certainly be a unique running of this historic race, we are grateful to be able to hold the Belmont Stakes in 2020, NYRA president and CEO Dave O'Rouke said in a statement. "Thanks to our partners at NBC Sports, fans across the country can look forward to a day of exceptional thoroughbred racing at a time when entertainment and sports are so important to providing a sense of normalcy."
Here's everything you need to know about the rescheduled Belmont Stakes.
When is the Belmont Stakes in 2020?
Date: Saturday, June 20
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV channel: NBC
The Belmont Stakes, originally scheduled for June 6, has been postponed until Saturday, June 20. It is traditionally the final jewel of the Triple Crown, following the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
This year will mark the first time that the Belmont Stakes will be the first Triple Crown race.
Triple Crown schedule 2020
Saturday, June 20
3 p.m. ET
Elmont, New York
Saturday, Sept. 5
2:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 3
4:30 p.m. ET
Where will the Belmont Stakes 2020 be held?
The Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
What is the distance of the Belmont Stakes in 2020?
The 152nd edition will run at nine furlongs (1 1/8 miles). Traditionally, the race has run at 1 1/2 miles but the distance changed with it being the opening race of the Triple Crown.