Southern California has a special interest in this year’s Belmont Stakes in New York on Saturday, June 7. That’s because our local favorite California Chrome will attempt to become only the twelfth Triple Crown winner in American racing history. This is big news especially since there has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Plenty of other horses have won the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby and then failed to win the Belmont Stakes but he does happen to have the whole state cheering for him and he happens to be on a six-race winning streak. If you can’t be at the track in New York, the place to be to watch his great attempt is Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia which is planning several special events to celebrate the day.
You can join pop-punk pioneers New Found Glory for a microbrew festival and celebration of Belmont Stakes Day. Take in the concert while enjoying the many microbrews in the beer garden. Then place your bets as the third and final leg of the U.S. Triple Crown comes to you live from New York. Admission starts at $15.
A more sophisticated event is happening in the Chandelier Room at the race track, where the California Grub, Grapes and Grain is taking place. This special tasting event features chef Christian Page with chefs formerly of Osteria Mozza for $150 per person.
Belmont Stakes Day is also the day for ‘Santa Anita Uncorked’ a wine tasting event hosted in Santa Anita’s trackside Club Court enclosure, on the east end of the Grandstand beginning at 12 noon. The event will begin at 12 noon and will feature a wide array of boutique and hand-picked wine selections, cuisine sampling from 25 popular local restaurants, an art exhibit and a tremendous day of racing that will include the Belmont and several other graded stakes from New York along with an outstanding 11-race card at Santa Anita. Tickets are $60 each and include a souvenir wine glass, racing program, wine tasting, and cuisine sampling.