The last leg of the Triple Crown is finally here as the fastest three-year-old Thoroughbreds compete at the 2021 Belmont Stakes. Known as the ‘The Run for the Carnations,’ the Belmont Stakes is the longest leg in the Triple Crown at 1.5 miles, or 12 furlongs and this year’s purse will be set at $1.5 million. There will not be a Triple Crown winner this year since different horses won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Eight horses will run the dirt track at the 153rd edition of the event. Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will not race in this year’s event due to failing a post-race drug test. Medina Spirit’s Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was suspended for 2 years because of the controversy. Of the 8 horses running at this year’s event, 5 of them competed at the Kentucky Derby, and 2 of them ran at the Preakness. Overtook will be the only horse debuting at this year’s Triple Crown. Below is the lineup of all 8 horses in order by their number.
- Essential Quality
- Hot Rod Charlie
- France Go de Ina
- Known Agenda
- Rock Your World
Last year’s event was moved to the first leg of the Triple Crown due to the pandemic and was held without spectators; however, fans will return at this year’s event which will have at least 11,000 fans. Luckily, for those who cannot attend, you can find out how to watch every single moment of the 2021 Belmont Stakes below.
When to watch the 2021 Belmont Stakes
Since 1905, Belmont Park in Elmont, New York has been the home of the Belmont Stakes and the tradition will continue with coverage of the 2021 race on Saturday, June 5 from 3-5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and from 5-7 p.m. on NBC. The actual race is expected to start around 6:49 p.m. ET.
How to watch the 2021 Belmont Stakes
When it comes to watching the 2021 Belmont Stakes without cable, cord cutters have a few different ways to watch every single moment of The Test of Champions. AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to see what NBC channel is available in your area with an antenna.
Locast: Viewers in one of the 30 markets served by Locast will also be able to watch on their local NBC for free with the service.
Here’s how to watch with a live TV streaming service.
- fuboTV has NBC and NBCSN covered with the fuboTV Family plan for $65/month.
- Sling TV offers NBC and NBCSN in select markets with Sling Blue for $35/month.
- Hulu with Live also carries NBC and NBCSN for $65/month.
- AT&T TV includes NBC and NBCSN in its base package for $69/month.
- YouTube TV includes NBC and NBCSN with a $65/month subscription.