Here’s the basic information you need to watch and feel informed about this afternoon’s Belmont Stakes.
Where: Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET
Purse: $1 million (1st $600,000)
Distance: 1.5-mile (12 furlongs) dirt track – the longest of the three Triple Crown races
Official Website: Belmont Stakes
TV: NBC, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; NBC Sports Network, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Stats: For details about each horse, including racing history, pedigree and photos, check out belmontstakes.com. For a more subjective opinion, here is Lauren Nethery’s analysis of this year’s field for Horse Nation.
Online Betting: If you’re looking to up the ante, a variety of online betting sites are at your service. We recommend NYRA Rewards, the Belmont’s official betting service, for ease of use–it has all the bells and whistles for experienced bettors, but it’s simple enough for novices to use as well. Brisnet.com is another useful resource. If you’re new to betting, the Belmont offers a “How to Wager” tutorial here.