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Take Pop to the Park for Father's Day, Belmont Park Style

ELMONT, N.Y. – He’s the first champion you ever knew.

Now, you can show Dad how much you appreciate him by treating him to Father’s Day at the races at beautiful Belmont Park on Sunday, June 21.

Always a popular day at Belmont Park, Father’s Day offers Dad different ways to relax with the family, while enjoying a 10-race live card featuring the first leg of the OTB’s Big Apple Triple, the $100,000-added Mike Lee for New York-bred three-year-olds at seven furlongs. First race post is 1 p.m., and admission gates open at 9:30 a.m.

If a classic of day of dining and racing is what Dad prefers, Belmont Park will offer a full buffet in the Garden Terrace (fourth floor, clubhouse). Start at the Sunrise Station with made-to-order omelets, egg and cheese burritos, smoked salmon platters, assorted breakfast pastries, bagels, muffins and doughnuts.

Continue with the Butcher’s Block, offering carved five-spice tenderloin with Hoisin glaze and black garlic horseradish sauce; chicken Wellington; beer-battered cod fillets; sweet and sour pork tenderloin; bacon and cheddar stuffed potatoes; charred corn on the cob and mélange of string beans. Create your own salad with 16 different items, as well as shrimp cocktail.

An all-beef micro burger station will also be available, with the Fantastic Finish dessert buffet of cakes, pies, cookies, giant stuffed cannoli and fresh fruit salad is the perfect ending.

Cost is $44.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Parties of eight or more will be charged a 15 percent gratuity. A $3.50 per person seating charge will be added to the check. For reservations, call (516) 488-1740.

For a far more casual day, bring a picnic lunch or get food on-track and enjoy Belmont Park’s bucolic backyard. From noon to 4 p.m., the backyard Festival Tent will be abuzz as Habana Premium Cigars will be hosting its Father’s Day Celebration, featuring a whiskey tasting, sponsored by Tuthilltown Spirits New York Farm Distillery; hand-rolled cigars, hot lather shaves and neck massages.

While Dad is being pampered, the rest of the brood can enjoy Family Fun Day, featuring a “Join The Circus “ theme, highlighted by exotic animals, Fun House inflatable, Puff Circus Train and other attractions free to children 12 years old and younger.

All the while, New York’s premier all-girl group, “The Chiclettes,” will sing classic, popular, rock ‘n roll and modern hits on the backyard stage.

It’s the day and the place to build some happy memories – Father’s Day at Belmont Park.


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