As major sporting events in New York go, the price for most concessions at Belmont are cheaper. Could even say "reasonable"
At 1 1/2 miles, Belmont Park's main track is bigger than seven tracks that NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series races on, and equal in size to another seven.
The field for the Belmont Stakes (with morningline odds):
1 -- Medal Count (20-1)
2 -- California Chrome (3-5)
3 -- Matterhorn (30-1)
4 -- Commanding Curve (15-1)
5 -- Ride On Curlin (12-1)
6 -- Matuszak (30-1)
7 -- Samraat (20-1)
8 -- Commissioner (20-1)
9 -- Wicked Strong (6-1)
10 -- General a Rod (20-1)
11 -- Tonalist (8-1)
Back in 2004 when Smarty Jones had a shot at the Triple Crown, admission to the Backyard on Stakes day was $2 and you could bring in all the outside food and drink you wanted. Now it's $10 to get in and you have to buy everything there.
3 horses in today's Belmont Stakes also ran in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness: California Chrome (of course), General a Rod and Ride on Curlin
It is a tradition of sorts on Triple Crown day to make a $2 wager on the horse going for immortality (this year it's California Chrome) to win the Belmont Stakes with the idea of never cashing the ticket. Why? You own a piece of history. Why else? A $2 win ticket on the day of the race would yield its holder a profit of likely less than $1. But if there's no triple crown for another 10, 20 or 36 years, that ticket grows in value to collectors and memorabilia aficionados.
From Newsday's Ed McNamara:
"Wise-guy horses hardly ever win. I've shredded tickets at 86 tracks in 34 years and still make that rookie mistake. At least I didn't in the Preakness, because I didn't think anybody could beat California Chrome. I feel the same about Saturday's Belmont. There's no way I can make a win bet on him, so I'll hook him up in an exacta with Medal Count, a live 20-1 shot who's being ignored."