So, what can you expect on Belmont Stakes day? It’s actually a pretty good day of racing and those of you who make fun of the short fields in Southern California can point to four stakes races at Belmont Park that have only five horses. If you want to see the best horse in the country on Saturday, check in about 4:43 p.m. ET (that’s 1:43 p.m. in L.A.) for the Metropolitan Handicap, known more affectionately as the Met Mile.
The star of that race, and arguably the best horse in the U.S., is Santa Anita-based Flightline for trainer John Sadler. He’s the real deal, thus the 3-5 morning-line favorite. New Yorkers are going to be talking about Speaker’s Corner, at 8-5, but caveat emptor.
For simplicity, we’re going to use Elmont, or Eastern time, in explaining the TV coverage. (Yes, the town is Elmont and the track is Belmont. You would think Pat Sajak could sell the town a consonant just to make it easier on everyone.)
Racing starts at Belmont Park at 11:20 a.m. ET, so if you tune in to FS2 at 11 a.m. you can watch the card until 2:30 p.m. Those of you wondering what is FS2, well, look at it this way. If you order a Mexican meal it always comes with rice and beans. Now, does anyone actually look forward to eating those staples or is it just to fill out the meal from the stuff you really want to eat? FS2 is the rice and beans. Third string on the menu.