Belmont, Not Kentucky Derby, Will Start Triple Crown This Year

Belmont Stakes

(Louisville, KY) - The Kentucky Derby will not be the opening horse race of the Triple Crown this year, the Belmont will be. 

The New York Racing Association announced Tuesday the Belmont Stakes will run on June 20th and be cut from 1 1/2 miles to 1 1/8.

The Kentucky Derby was moved from May 2nd to September 5th, while the Preakness was pushed back from May 16th to October 3rd. 

Typically, the three races run within a five-week stretch in the spring.

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