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World of Horses returns to Belmont May 24

ELMONT, N.Y. --One of the highlights of the Memorial Day weekend at Belmont Park is the return of the popular World of Horses on Sunday, May 24, which kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with a Parade of Breeds led by the Nassau County mounted police unit.

Showcasing horses and riders from across Long Island, the World of Horses features riding exhibitions, most of which are set to music, on the main track between races.

Loraine Burke of Bohemia and her Hanoverian, Lord Camelot, start things off with Grand Prix dressage choreographed to the music of Celtic Thunder, while Cindy Laskow of Centereach and her paint, Colorful Obsession, will give an exhibition of jumping. Also scheduled is a gymkhana, or games on horseback, which include fast-paced barrel racing and pole bending, and Western-style entertainment riding by the members of the Norton family of Central Islip.

The Spirit of Long Island drill team, comprised of members of the Islip Horsemen’s Association, will again perform its intricate formations to uplifting patriotic music as the event draws to a close.

Sunday is also Family Fun Day at Belmont Park, featuring a space theme and face painting, a rocket bounce inflatable, galaxy explorer, pony rides and a petting zoo.

The celebration continues throughout the weekend with three action-packed days of racing culminating Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, with the 116th running of the Grade 1 $600,000 Shadwell Metropolitan Handicap, the “Met Mile,” for three year olds and up.


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