Secondary ticket market differs for Belmont Stakes

Triple Crown contender California Chrome walking with exercise Triple Crown contender California Chrome walking with exercise rider Willie Delgado after his gate lessons and lite gallop at Belmont Racetrack in Elmont May 30, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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Unlike other events of its magnitude -- see Stanley Cup Final, Rangers -- the Belmont Stakes does not generate the same sort of frenzied run-up in ticket prices on the secondary market. Even in years when a Triple Crown is in play.

The vast seating capacity at Belmont Park ensures plenty of supply, and the fact that inexpensive general admission tickets can be had even on race day limits the pressure to bid up tickets in advance of the event.

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Belmont's reserved and premium dining seats were sold out as of Monday, but $10 grandstand and $30 clubhouse tickets were available, according to the track's website.

TiqIQ.com, which monitors secondary market sites, said asking prices for tickets to reserved seating areas averaged $353.35 as of Monday, down 18 percent since the Preakness despite California Chrome's victory there.

Still, having a Triple Crown contender obviously enhances the ticket market.

Last year, with no Triple Crown possibility, TiqIQ recorded an average price of $87.81 for the Belmont, with a low of $3.

In 2012, when Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another pulled out the day before the race, the average price was $320.40, with a low of $18.

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