Without fans, and at reduced distance, Belmont Stakes set for Saturday on WAVE 3 News

Without fans, and at reduced distance, Belmont Stakes set for Saturday on WAVE 3 News
Here’s a reminder: The 152nd Belmont Stakes will run Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (Source: Belmont Stakes' Twitter account)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Here’s a reminder: The 152nd Belmont Stakes will run Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

This is the first time the Belmont will serve as the first leg of the Triple Crown. The race also will be run without spectators in the stands.

Additionally, this year's Belmont Stakes will be shorter. Instead of the typical 1 1/2 mile race, this year's length will be 1 1/8 miles.

"The Belmont Stakes is a New York institution that will provide world-class entertainment for sports fans during these challenging times," said NYRA President & CEO Dave O'Rourke. "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. Thanks to our partners at NBC Sports, fans across the country can look forward to a day of exceptional thoroughbred racing at a time when entertainment and sports are so important to providing a sense of normalcy."

Tiz the Law is expected to be the favorite. Tap it to Win also is a horse to watch. Click here for a preview of the race.

Saturday’s live coverage is scheduled to begin on WAVE 3 News at 3 p.m.

The May 19 announcement was the third and final confirmed date for this year’s revised Triple Crown schedule. The Kentucky Derby will run Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs and the Preakness Stakes will run on Oct. 3.

Lexington television station WKYT contributed to this report.

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