THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD - APPROPRIATELY - SPONSORS A NEWSDAY COLUMN CALLED "IT HAPPENED ON LONG ISLAND".
THE ARTICLE FOR WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23 PROCLAIMS THE 1880 INTRODUCTION OF THE "POST PARADE" AT BELMONT PARK IN ELMONT
The Belmont Stakes is a prestigious horse race held yearly in June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The race is the third leg of the Triple Crown, following the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. It is a 1.5 mile (2.4 km) thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old colts and geldings carrying a weight of 126 pounds (57 kg) and for fillies with a weight of 121 pounds (55 kg). ...... The first Belmont Stakes was held at Jerome Park in the Bronx, built in 1866 by stock market speculator Leonard Jerome (1817-1891) and financed by August Belmont, Sr. (1816-1890) for whom the race was named. The race continued to be held at Jerome Park until 1890 when it was moved to Morris Park, a nearby racetrack in the Bronx. The race remained there until the May 1905 opening of the new Belmont Park, 430 acre (1.7 km�) racetrack in Elmont, New York.