LONG ISLAND — Thousands of horse racing fans headed to Belmont Park on Long Island Saturday for the annual Belmont Stakes.
About 11,000 spectators were expected to fill the stands this year after last year’s races ran without any fans present due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s event included vaccinated-only sections and a mask requirement for anyone who is not fully vaccinated. Temperature checks and other COVID safety protocols were also put in place.
The Belmont Stakes is traditionally the third and final horse race in the Triple Crown, following the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Last year, the lineup of races was switched around because of the pandemic.
Disqualification of Medina Spirit could be next. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is still completing its investigation before making that ruling.