Live racing returns to Belmont on April 28

In preparation for the 2022 Belmont Park spring/summer meet, which begins on April 28, the New York Racing Association, Inc. has updated information for fans planning to attend live racing events at Belmont Park this season.

Admission is $5 daily, outside of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on June 11. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at any admission gate. Gates will open at 11 a.m. daily unless otherwise indicated. During Twilight racing days the admission gates will open at 1 p.m.

NYRA will also be offering the Belmont Park season pass once again in 2022, which provides general admission during every live race day during the spring, summer, and fall meets, including all three days of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. For more information visit

Due to the construction of the UBS Arena, the size of the Belmont Park backyard has been reduced, resulting in updated safety and security protocols. As a result, fans are no longer permitted to enter certain areas of the park with outside alcoholic beverages or large coolers, which will only be permitted in the “Top of the Stretch” reserved picnic area.

Updated protocols do not apply to the Saratoga Race Course, where the longstanding NYRA policy allowing fans to enter with coolers and outside food and beverages remains in place.

During the month of April, the first post will be 1:20 p.m. daily before shifting to 1 p.m. beginning May 1. Twilight racing will be offered on Thursdays beginning May 12 with a first post time of 3:05 p.m.

The first post for the Kentucky Derby will be 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, and the first post for the Preakness Stakes will be 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

Long Island Rail Road will provide train service to and from Belmont Park every Saturday, throughout Memorial Day weekend, and on Father’s Day during the spring/summer meet. The LIRR will also expand service to help accommodate fans attending the 2022 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.