The Quiet of Belmont Racetrack in New York City’s Suburbs

Belmont Racetrack

Blue Sky at Belmont

For those who’ve been to Belmont Racetrack, it’s a green behemoth which provokes a certain degree of awe while gently removing your money at the same time.

Last Saturday, with my hand taking firm hold of my wallet, I re-visited “the track” in the NYC suburb of Elmont, New York, former home to NFL Quarterback, Vinny Testaverde. It was a gorgeous day. No clouds as you can see from the pictures.

It was my first visit since the Belmont Stakes two or three years ago when I saw Funny Cide or some other almost-Triple-Crown-winning horse nearly win the Belmont Stakes. I also recalled days “way back when” when I used to shoot 16mm film at the top of the stretch. Ahh… those were the days.

Somebody needs to water the infield, by the way. The man made lake has dried up and the grass is parched. Is there a drought in Elmont that no one’s told me about?

Belmont Racetrack Entrance

Quiet Corner of Belmont

It’s amazing how huge this place is and how few people show up, in general, at the racetrack. Obviously, it’s all possible due to the millions being wagered in OTB facilities around the state, if not around the world, which end up paying a portion to the facility to maintain its upkeep and get the horses to the track so ne’er-do-wells such as myself can put down a bet.

I did fairly well Saturday in comparison to years past – pocketing nearly $80. I’m still contemplating what to do with my new wealth.

After a few hours of gambling on the ponies, I returned to NYC via Long Island railroad’s slow but efficient train that dead ends at the racetrack. Leaving and returning to the track just twice a day, you need to pay attention to the train schedule or else you may be trapped for longer than you want – or worse – stuck in Elmont.

Hey, no offense, Vinny!

In the Grandstands

Under the Grandstands


October 3rd, 2007

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