The Big Adventure Presents - Countdown to The Belmont Stakes - 12 Days of Interesting Facts!
Fact #12 - The Final Fact - We saved the best for last..the Theme Song! For decades the traditional theme song of the Belmont Stakes was "Sidewalks of New York," and then in 1997 track officials decided it was time mix it up in an attempt to appeal to the under 80 crowd and made it the classic Sinatra tune"New York, New York"
But this year, it all changes!
he New York Racing Association says the tune is being replaced by "Empire State of Mind" as the music heard when the horses step onto the track for the $1 million Belmont on Saturday. The change is being made because Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" has become a "quintessential 21st century theme song for New York City," says NYRA marketing director Neema Ghazi.