Metropolitan Transportation Authority logo

LIRR To Operate 38 Special Trains for Belmont Stakes

Sam the Bugler at Statue of Secretariat
Sam the Bugler Heralds the 145th Belmont Stakes at the Statue of Secretariat

MTA Long Island Rail Road is adding 38 trains (18 eastbound, 20 westbound) to its regular schedule to bring up to 20,000 thoroughbred racing fans to Belmont Park for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 8. Click here for Belmont Stakes train timetable.

This year’s race features jockey Rosie Napravnik seeking to become the first female jockey to ride in all three Triple Crown races in the same year. A victory aboard the filly Unlimited Budget would make her the second female jockey to win the Belmont Stakes, and the first to do so while riding a filly.

“As the third jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is one of the premier sporting events in this country,” said Thomas F. Prendergast, MTA Interim Executive Director, who has been nominated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as MTA Chairman and CEO. “It regularly draws between 30,000 and 100,000 fans a year, so the best way to get there and avoid race day traffic is to take the Long Island Rail Road to the station right at Belmont Park.”

“Rosie has a lot on the line and we will be rooting for her to make history,” said LIRR President Helena E. Williams, who made some history herself six years ago by becoming the first female president of the LIRR. “Whomever you favor in the race, the LIRR is the most convenient way to reach Belmont while avoiding traffic and parking hassles. Belmont Park is one of the true treasurers of New York State, so come out on out and enjoy the day.”

The LIRR’s exclusive rail link to beautiful Belmont Park has been the shortest route for racing fans for well over a century – almost as long as the Belmont Stakes has drawn racing fans to see the best three-year-old thoroughbred horses in the world take on the challenge of the mile-and-a-half dirt track.