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Belmont Stakes moved to June 20, leads off Triple Crown

The race will now run as the first leg of the Triple Crown.

BELMONT, N.Y. — The New York Racing Association announced the Belmont Stakes will take place Saturday, June 20. The move means the Belmont will be the first leg of the Triple Crown for the first time ever.

Traditionally, the Belmont is run as the third and final leg at 1 1/2 miles. This year's race will be 1 1/8 miles to adjust for the three-year-olds in training.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness have also rescheduled their races. The Derby, usually the first leg of the Triple Crown, will take place September 5. The Preakness has been moved to October 3.

"While this will certainly be a unique running of this historic race, we are grateful to be able to hold the Belmont Stakes in 2020," said NYRA President & CEO Dave O'Rourke.

The race will run without spectators. All Belmont Stakes Racing Festival tickets are subject to full refunds. Fans can complete this web form to request a refund or account credit.

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