Glen Cove likely to benefit from Belmont Stakes
June 17, 2012 by James
Near the charming village of Glen Cove, there is a venerable sporting venue, Belmont Park. It is home to the Belmont Stakes, the final competition in horse racing’s Triple Crown series. June 9, 2012 marked the 144th running of the Stakes. Held at its current location since 1905, the race was first run in 1869 at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx.
Often referred to as the “test of champions,” Belmont Park’s 1½ mile track is longer than either of the other two Triple Crown contests; the Preakness and Kentucky Derby. Many a thoroughbred, having already won the first two Triple Crown events, has gone down to defeat on the Belmont course. Indeed, it’s been thirty-four years since Affirmed clinched the title in 1978, and with I’ll Have Another’s departure from the field in this year’s race, 34 ticks to 35.
For a community such as Glen Cove which is in easy reach of Belmont Park, the Stakes race, and indeed the entire thoroughbred racing season, is a bonus for businesses. The advantages for the hospitality and restaurant industry are obvious but other businesses also reap benefits from proximity to sports venues. Printing companies look forward to the quantities of brochures and poster printing required for big draw sporting competitions.
This year’s meeting was supported by a turnout in excess of 85,000, who saw Union Rags, with its jockey John Velazquez, win the million-dollar race. Places were claimed by Paynter and Atigun, who finished in second and third place respectively.