At first, the shocking news of I'll Have Another canceling on the upcoming 2012 Belmont Stakes had horse racing fans stunned.
However, track officials were quick to point out in the hours following the upset that they fear something even worse will happen. In an USAToday interview, New York Racing Association officials discussed the awkwardness that the quick Triple Crown fail may bring to their industry. Mainly, they are worried that a swarm of ticket holders will be asking for a refund from Belmont Park.
Can I get a 2012 Belmont Stakes ticket refund?
It is easy to be disappointed that you paid for a ticket to see a Triple Crown victory -- and now there is no chance of seeing one. Although it is upsetting, your chances of getting a refund on your seats at Belmont Park are slim. The NYRA website published a press release following I'll Have Another's drop out the day before the race. In it they stated, "Belmont Stakes Day races will be run as scheduled and all tickets are non-refundable."
Hey wait, you can get a 2012 Belmont Stakes refund
The official news is that you can never get a refund on your 2012 Belmont Stakes ticket -- but that is not exactly true. On the affiliated NYRA website, there is obviously a way to get a refund. If you filled out an application for Group Orders, there is a box that you need to check. That box indicates that you will accept the next best available seating if your selection is not available.
Those that do not check the box are told, "If you do not check this box and your selection is sold-out, you will receive a full refund. 'Next Best' is defined: as near the finish line as possible regardless of location or view."
Naturally, you should read all of the fine print associated with your application or ticket before asking for a 2012 Belmont Stakes refund.
Getting a refund on your I'll Have Another betOften called a ticket, betting slips are completely different issues in regards to refunding. While you cannot easily refund an admission ticket to the 2012 Belmont Stakes, a betting ticket with I'll Have Another is a different matter. Some websites work differently than others, but most will cancel your bet tickets and refund your money after the race.
The Downey Profile blog states the process of refunding a betting ticket that includes I'll Have Another with ease. To advise newcomers to Triple Crown fails, they state, "All advance wagers on Saturday 's Belmont Stakes involving I'll Have Another are available for cancellation immediately at any Belmont Park mutuel window with a live teller. Once the Belmont Stakes is declared official on Saturday, most tickets that were not cancelled in advance will become refundable."
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Maryam Louise is a longtime resident of the Bluegrass State and has lived in the shadows of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky over the past two decades. In addition to being a fan of horse racing, she has also had a chance to get to know jockeys, horse groomers, and betting clerks as an ESL instructor. Currently, she writes for KentuckyDerby.org and relies on her friends in the multiple facets of the equine industry for writing inspiration.
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