Issued by: Council Member Erin King Sweeney
Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Supervisor Laura Gillen are scattering the fun and excitement of the Belmont Stakes and a Triple Crown hopeful throughout Hempstead Town with a Triple Crown Scavenger Hunt that residents are invited to participate in for the chance to win four tickets to the big event. The officials donned Belmont hats and were joined by Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana and a horse from a local equestrian center as they announced the competition in Elmont.
“The Belmont Stakes is the third jewel in the Triple Crown and we want our residents of all ages to realize that this exciting and historical race happens right here in Hempstead Town,” said Councilwoman King Sweeney. “We thought a scavenger hunt that families could participate in together, where they could learn about some of the Triple Crown winners and possibly win tickets to the race was the perfect way to recognize the Town’s role as host of this phenomenal event.”
“I’m so excited about this scavenger hunt, which provides the community an opportunity to tour our Town’s parks and learn the history of the Belmont Stakes,” said Supervisor Gillen. “I can’t wait to see if Justify wins the Triple Crown on the 9th and lands the next winner's photo in our park!”
The Scavenger Hunt will have 12 4’x4’ signs that each feature one of the 12 Triple Crown winners with a picture of the winning horse and some historical facts. One sign will be placed in each of the following Town Park facilities: Averill Boulevard Park, 145 Averill Blvd., Elmont; Rath Park, 849 Fenworth Blvd. Franklin Square; Echo Park, 399 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead; Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside; Rock Hall Museum 199 Broadway, Lawrence; Veterans Memorial Park, 1700 Prospect Ave., East Meadow; Harold Walker Park, 1085 Woodfield Road, Lakeview; Uniondale Avenue Park, 710 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale; Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore; Merrick Road Park, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick; Seaman’s Neck Park, 2700 South Seamans Neck Rd., Seaford; Baldwin Park, 3232 South Grand Ave., Baldwin Harbor.
The Triple Crown signs will be up at all 12 parks at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1st. The competition will close at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5th. If nobody has sent the 12 correct answers, at that time it will be determined who was the first to send in the most correct answers. Entrants should be sure to include their name, address and the best phone number to contact them with their entry.
The Belmont Stakes, which takes place at Belmont Park in Elmont, is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races, with the first running in 1867. Not all history made at the Belmont Stakes includes a Triple Crown Victory. In fact, in 1920, Man o’ War set an American record at the Belmont Stakes. In 2015, American Pharoah broke a 37 year Triple Crown drought by winning the coveted prize. On June 9th Justify is hoping to join the distinguished list this year rather than being added to the 22 Triple Crown hopefuls who were unable to win the Belmont Stakes after victories at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
“As a proud representative of the Elmont community, I know the value of the Belmont Stakes being held here,” noted Councilman Blakeman. “I am happy that we are able to spread that Belmont buzz to other parts of the Town as well.”
The excitement leading up to the Kentucky Derby is palpable in that area and I want to see that same enthusiasm for the Belmont Stakes here in Hempstead Town,” concluded Councilwoman King Sweeney. ”I think this scavenger hunt is one fun way in which we can get a lot of people involved and thinking about the upcoming race.”