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2017 Belmont Stakes: Dry weather to prevail for final leg of Triple Crown

Spectators planning to attend the 149th Belmont States in Elmont, New York, on Saturday should not have to worry about rain dampening festivities at the racetrack.

"There may be a shower or thunderstorm that pops up north and west of New York City," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson. "But since the racetrack is on western Long Island (located southeast of the city) their chances of seeing a thunderstorm look extremely low at this point."

While the Triple Crown is not in play this year, a sizable crowd is still expected at Belmont Park. The attendance in 2016, when the Triple Crown also wasn’t at stake, was over 60,000.

With rain not expected to hamper the race, track conditions for the 12-horse field should remain fast, according to Thompson.

Belmont Stakes 2016

Creator, ridden by jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., edges out Destin to win the 148th Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Longines)


After cool and unsettled conditions marked the start of June in the Northeast, summery warmth is expected to return this weekend.

Overall, Saturday should be a "really nice day," Thompson said, adding that the humidity will be low and the sun will be shining much of the day.

At post time, which is scheduled for 6:37 p.m. EDT, temperatures will settle around 74 F, which is slightly below the normal high of 76 for June 10 in Elmont.

Fans spending the day at the track will want to be sure to take precautions against the sun such as applying sunscreen, wearing a hat and sunglasses and staying hydrated.

The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown events and was first run in 1867.