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Social Photos: Mad Dash From the Track Follows Belmont Stakes

Exodus from the racetrack to the train tracks leaves some waiting hours to get home.

Thousands of Long Islanders reveled in the almost-historic race at the Belmont Stakes Saturday.

But then they tried to go home.

A mad dash from the racetrack to the train tracks left some waiting for hours to catch a train. The Long Island Rail Road said it transported 33,810 people to Belmont Park on Saturday, "a new record by far." 

The situation wasn't much better getting out of the parking lot. 

"I may not get out of this parking lot until next year's Belmont," one person tweeted. "Truly astounding, even for NY."

Total Saturday attendance at Belmont Park was 102,199, the third highest in Belmont Stakes history, according to the New York Racing Association. 

Scroll down in the Storify above for the play-by-play from Belmont.

How long did you wait to get a train home/out of the parking lot from Belmont? Tell us in the comments.

Glenda June 08, 2014 at 01:05 PM
It was awful. It took us an hour and a half to go from the track to the shuttle. We shuffled a few feet every 15 to 20 minutes. I will never put myself in that position again. They predicted 100,000 people so it shouldn't have been a surprise that it would happen. Why weren't they better prepared ? They lost my attendance ever again. I have been taking the train for the Belmont Stakes for years and never experienced anything like it before.
Vinny Lee June 08, 2014 at 01:49 PM
We took a free NYRA shuttle bus from Jericho TPKE and Tulip. No problem going to track. Going home was a different story! After waiting over 90 minutes we were informed that the Shuttle bus is unable to enter track due to a horrendous traffic jam! We decided to walk over 2 miles to our car and return home to Rocky Pt. at 1130PM. Extremely poor traffic management. This was not the first Belmont Stakes and the Authorities should have done their homework re Traffic Management.
Pat O'Brien June 08, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Anyone would half a head on their shoulders would've parked a mile or two away and walked to and from the track to avoid traffic.
TJ Eckleburg June 08, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Anyone with half a brain would have stayed at home.
Meri June 09, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Not surprised. I have better things to do than go and watch a bunch of horses run around in an oval. The LIRR still sucks.

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