Race Tracks: Return to Belmont

For turfmen, Belmont Park—just over the New York City boundary in Long Island's Nassau County—has always been a track apart. Not that the 63-year-old park is all that venerable; Saratoga is 41 years its senior. True, it is the setting for some of the most prestigious U.S. races, including the Belmont Stakes, traditionally the third gem in the Triple Crown. But what made Belmont really special was that society's horsemen built it to their own specifications. So overwhelming was the track's mood of genteel opulence that it even awed the $2 bettors:...