The annual Belmont Stakes has been rescheduled to take place on June 20th this year, with the originally length also being amended and shortened to 1 and 1/8th a mile as opposed to the traditional 1.5 run at the event, which is what the length has been since 1926.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on June 6th, although of course it has, like almost everything else, had to make adjustments in light of a global pandemic.
The Belmont is a member of the series known as the Triple Crown, and typically, is expected to be the third and final leg of the three-fold event, but this year will be substituted into the first slot.
“The Belmont Stakes is a New York institution that will provide world-class entertainment for sports fans during these challenging times,” NYRA president Dave O’Rourke quoted. “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. … 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.”
The Belmont is far from the only horse racing event having had to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the traditionally May held Kentucky derby being moved all the way from May 2nd back to September 5th, as well as the Preakness Stakes being adjusted from the 16th of May to almost 5 months later on October 3rd.