Like most sports, horse racing underwent some major changes in 2021. COVID-19 caused many tracks to cancel races around the country and others only to offer races without fans. The additional states offering mobile wagering at least made betting on races at home possible. The Triple Crown also saw some major schedule changes. The Belmont Stakes, traditionally the last of the three races, was the first race of the series. The Belmont was moved from June 6 to June 20, with heavy favorite Tiz the Law taking the win at odds of 6 to 5.
The Kentucky Derby was run second, moving from May 2 to Sept. 5, with Authentic taking the roses and paying bettors at a nice 6 to 1. The Preakness Stakes, scheduled for May 16, shifted all the way to Oct. 3 and Swiss Skydiver paid off bettors at 6 to 1.
The traditional schedule returns this year with the Kentucky Derby again starting off the series. The exact seating capacity for the race hadn’t been determined as of mid-March, but there will definitely be fans in attendance. Plenty of horse-racing fans will have mint julips on the menu and also be tuning at their local sportsbooks or heading online for some action. Here’s a look at the complete Triple Crown schedule:
Kentucky Derby: Churchill Downs – May 1
Preakness Stakes: Pimlico – May 15
Belmont Stakes: Belmont Park – June 5