All Eyes on Long Island for Belmont Stakes

American Pharoah wins 2015 Belmont Stakes
American Pharoah wins 2015 Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes return to Belmont Park in Elmont on Saturday.

The iconic horse race, in its 149th year, is expected to rake in revenue for the local economy as well as provide some much-needed entertainment for the millions of people around the world who tune in each year.

“Belmont Stakes is an iconic event that is not only a point of pride for our destination, but also positively promotes Long Island on a national and international stage,” said Kristen Jarnagin, president and CEO of the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Long Island Rail Road will have extra service to accommodate the big flow of visitors. And the Nassau County Police Department will have extra resources and personnel for the safety of the crowds.

The Belmont Stakes will not allow backpacks, coolers, luggage or duffel bags. Any food items must be held in see-through plastic containers or bags.

In addition to the race, visitors can attend the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Annual Street Festival 2-7 p.m. Sunday on Tulip Avenue. The festival will feature live music, food, kid’s rides and additional entertainment.

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