Life At Zen wrote:Thanks Tessablue!
I was looking at the Best Western Jamaica Inn that's about 15km from Belmont. It had good reviews on Expedia and tripadvisor. Are you familiar with it at all?
In regards to reserved seating. I was thinking second level. Does it matter if you're in tow A or further back? Does it make a huge difference? It would be nice to have a seat I know won't get stolen from me.
I have not been for several years, but to me, the third floor has the best sight line. When you are down on the apron or second floor- looking towards the backstretch during a race, all you see is the horses heads just clearing the rail. You have a clear view from 3.
It is a HUGE track. You will be surprised the first time seeing it live. I would bring a pair of binoculars- both for the backside and coming into the lane and farther- depending on your seats.
Not sure if they still allow it, but if your are not picky- there are guys selling Belmont T-shirts in the parking lot- they are slightly imperfects and possibly copies- but for the price make a nice reminder of the day.
Wear very comfortable shoes- they have buses from the parking lot- but even when you get dropped off- you still have a distance to go- depending once again where your seats are.
Make your bets as early as possible for each race- try to bet a few races in advance- it gets crowded- and once the graded stakes races starts, gets even more difficult. I would place you bets for the Belmont and the race before that no later than 2 races before the Belmont. This is even better if you dont have a paid seat. If for some reason you dont have a dedicated seat- you can hang out just behind where the seats start- stake out a space- again 2 races before the big dance.
If you are a lady- try to limit your drink- the lines are really long. There are ladies in there that try and keep everything clean- very nice. They sell little things- gums, candies, etc. They work hard and dont make much. You can give them a few bucks or buy something- they will remember you if you come back in and try to help you get thru quickly.
Depending on the weather- try and dress comfortable and in layers. It can get windy- if its raining can get cold quickly- even in June- you are not that far away from LI sound. It's better to be a bit overdressed and be able to take something off than be cold. Unless its a heat wave- it will be colder in the stands.
Hope that helps!