Reminder that Grand Central Terminal turns into a mini version of Belmont Park today, Friday, June 7, for the first ever GCT Belmont Stakes Fan Festival. The party takes over half of Vanderbilt Hall the day before the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million third leg of the Triple Crown. Participate in FREE interactive events, including riding a virtual race horse to the finish line, and win Belmont Stakes prizes, including Belmont Stakes Day hospitality packages. Even if you’re not a horse racing fan, this is a winner’s circle of fun, all free, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in historic Grand Central Terminal.
Click here for the full NYCOTC posting earlier this week with a detail of activities.
Some Belmont Stakes history: The Belmont Stakes, the final leg of racing’s Triple Crown, is the most celebrated race at Belmont Park. Since 1919, when Sir Barton became the first thoroughbred to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the “Test of the Champion” has crowned 11 winners of racing’s most prestigious and elusive prize. Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) were the three most recent champions to join Sir Barton, Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946) and Citation (1948) as Triple Crown winners.
Grand Central Terminal website.