Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Offers Two-Day Special Wagers Menu

June 7, 2023

Two-Day Pick 6 Returns Friday, June 9

By Keith McCalmont – NYRA Press Office

ELMONT, N.Y.— The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced a selection of special wagers to be offered during the 2023 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

A total of six two-day wagers are highlighted by the return of the popular two-day Pick 6, which will open on Friday, June 9 and concludes with the 155th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday, June 10. There will be five special “Double” wagers on offer, each with a $5 base and 18.5 percent takeout.

The three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival kicks off on Thursday, June 8 and will feature 16 stakes in total, including nine Grade 1 races. The Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets headlines Saturday’s stacked card in Race 12 with a post time of 7:02 p.m. Eastern.

Day 1 of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on Thursday, June 8 is a twilight racing program with a first post of 3:05 p.m. Eastern for the 10-race card. First post on Friday, June 9 is 12:50 p.m. for a stacked 11-race card. First post on the 13-race Belmont Stakes Day card is 11:20 a.m. 

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will offer a host of special two-day special wagers including:

Two-day Pick 4

The Two-day Pick 4 kicks off Thursday in Race 8 at 6:45 p.m. with the $150,000 Jersey Girl and the Grade 2, $200,000 Wonder Again in Race 9 and concludes on Friday with the Grade 1, $500,000 Acorn in Race 9 and the Grade 2, $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup in Race 10.

The base wager is $2 with a 24 percent takeout.

Two-day Pick 6

Returning to the wagering menu is the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival two-day Pick 6, which features a low 15 percent takeout and $0.20 base wager. The two-day Pick 6 opens on Friday and continues Saturday, ending with a mandatory force out in the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets.

The sequence begins with a pair of races on Friday in Race 9 at 5:14 p.m. with the Grade 1, $500,000 Acorn and the Grade 2, $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup in Race 10. The wager concludes with four races on the Saturday card, including the Grade 1, $400,000 Jaipur in Race 9, Grade 1, $1 million Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday in Race 10, the Grade 1, $750,000 Resorts World Casino Manhattan in Race 11 and the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets in Race 12.

The New York/Met Mile Double

The New York/Met Mile Double opens with the Grade 1, $600,000 New York on Friday in Race 8 at 4:41 p.m. and concludes with the Grade 1, $1 million Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday in Race 10 at 5:04 p.m. The base wager is $5 with an 18.5 percent takeout.

Belmont Gold Cup/Belmont Stakes Double

The Belmont Gold Cup/Belmont Stakes Double opens with the Belmont Gold Cup in Race 10 at 5:47 p.m. on Friday and concludes with the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday. The base wager is $5 with an 18.5 percent takeout.

Two-day Filly and Mare Double

The Filly and Mare Double opens on Friday with the Grade 1, $500,000 Acorn in Race 9 at 5:14 p.m. and concludes with the Grade 1, $500,000 Ogden Phipps in Race 7 on Saturday.

The base wager is $5 with an 18.5 percent takeout.

Two-day Sprint Double

The two-day Sprint Double opens with the Grade 3, $200,000 Intercontinental at six-furlongs on turf in Race 11 at 6:19 p.m. on Friday and concludes on Saturday with the Grade 1, $400,000 Woody Stephens presented by Mohegan Sun in Race 8.

The base wager is $5 with an 18.5 percent takeout.

Triple Play ($3 Pick 3)

The special all-turf Triple Play ($3 Pick 3) will be offered on both Friday and Belmont Stakes Day.

Friday’s sequence kicks off with the Grade 1, $500,000 Just a Game in Race 4 at 2:28 p.m. and includes the Grade 2, $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup in Race 10 and the Grade 3, $200,000 Intercontinental in Race 11. 

Saturday’s sequence includes a trio of turf stakes, leading with the Grade 3, $200,000 Poker in Race 5 at 1:44 p.m. ahead of the Grade 1, $400,000 Jaipur in Race 9 and the Grade 1, $750,000 Resorts World Casino Manhattan in Race 11.

The base wager is $3 with a 19 percent takeout.

Met Mile/Belmont Stakes Double

The Met Mile/Belmont Stakes Double on Saturday opens with the Grade 1, $1 million Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan in Race 10 at 5:04 p.m. and concludes with the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. The base wager is $5 with an 18.5 percent takeout.

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A mandatory payout middle Pick 5 will be offered on all three days of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

The traditional $1 Pick 6 will also be offered on each day of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. The Pick 6 on Saturday, June 10, will conclude with the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. 

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