Today 2017 Belmont Stakes.The 149th edition of the Belmont Stakes will take place later today at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY. You can watch the annual race on NBC. Live television coverage starts at 3 p.m. on NBCSN. The pre-race coverage begins at 5 p.m. on NBC, and the post time is at 6:37 p.m. on NBC. Viewers can livestream the big race on NBCSports.com/live.
There won’t be a Triple Crown bid at the 149th Running of the Belmont Stakes – in fact, neither Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming nor Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing entered the third leg of the Triplce Crown – leaving the 11-horse field relatively wide open for the taking.
On June 10, the last leg of the 2017 Triple Crown season will be held. That’s when the Belmont Stakes are held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It’s often considered the toughest of the Triple Crown races, since it’s also the longest. Usually, the Belmont Stakes is when the Triple Crown hopefuls fall short because the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes are the same length. However, the Belmont is 1.5 miles, or 12 furlongs, in length.
Racers will be trying to top Secretariat’s long standing record time of 2:24, set back in 1973. That’s the same year the famous horse won the Triple Crown. This year, there will be no such winner, as Always Dreaming, who won at the Kentucky Derby, lost to Cloud Computing at Preakness. Neither of the two winners will be participating at the Belmont Stakes.
Coverage of the 1.5-mile race will begin at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports, and then will move over to NBC at 5 p.m. ET. Post time is scheduled at 6:37 p.m. ET. It will be livestreamed on NBC Sports Live.
There is no chance for a Triple Crown this year — and the winners of Kentucky Derby () and Preakness ( ) are both out. The only horse who will compete in all three races is Lookin At Lee.
The 2017 Triple Crown season is guaranteed to feature three different winners with Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming and Preakness Stakes champion Cloud Computing both skipping Saturday’s Belmont Stakes in New York.
While there’s no Triple Crown on the line in the 149th running of the Run for the Carnations, a deep, competitive field should still make for an entertaining race. It’s even more wide open following the mid-week withdraw of Classic Empire, the expected favorite.
Let’s check out all of the important details for the event. That’s followed by a look at the full field of contenders and a race preview.