If you're going to New York to cheer Mario Gutierrez, bring proper attire
Vancouver horseracing fans are celebrating Mario Gutierrez's amazing come-from-behind victory riding I'll Have Another in today's Preakness Stakes.
The eyes of the world will be on the Vancouver jockey's run for the Triple Crown on June 9 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
If you're planning to make the trip for the historic race to cheer Gutierrez, remember that this racecourse maintains a tradition of proper attire.
Anyone 12 and older must follow a dress code, which includes "no shorts or abbreviated wear" in the paddock and winner's circle. Men must wear collared shirts in these areas.
In box seats at Belmont Park, suits or sports jackets are required. A tie is optional. Women in box seats must wear skirts, dresses, or slack outfits—jeans and shorts are forbidden.
It's a little more casual in the grandstand, where it's only mandatory to wear shirts and shoes. In the clubhouse, women are forbidden from showing up in "short shorts, cut-offs or abbreviated wear". And no tank tops for men.
For the running of the Belmont Stakes, men have to wear suits or sports jackets in the Garden Terrace Restaurant. Women are required to be in dresses, skirts, or pant suits.
Of course, if a Vancouver jockey rides a Triple-Crown winner, it will all be worth it.
For old times sake, check out the most historic race at Belmont Park: Secretariat's stunning victory in 1973 to take the Triple Crown.
Is it any wonder there's a statue of Secretariat in front of Belmont Park?