All three legs of horse racing's Triple Crown is starting to take shape. On Tuesday, the New York Racing Association announced that the Belmont Stakes have been rescheduled for June 20. It will serve as the first leg of the Triple Crown and will be held without fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the Belmont Stakes will be contested at a distance of 1 1/8 miles rather than the traditional 1 1/2 miles. The change is because of training purposes for the three-year olds that will be taking part in the race.

"The Belmont Stakes is a New York institution that will provide world-class entertainment for sports fans during these challenging times," NYRA President & CEO Dave O'Rourke said in a statement. "While this will certainly be a unique running of this historic race, we are grateful to be able to hold the Belmont Stakes in 2020. Thanks to our partners at NBC Sports, fans across the country can look forward to a day of exceptional thoroughbred racing at a time when entertainment and sports are so important to providing a sense of normalcy."

The Kentucky Derby, which was originally slated to be held on May 2, has been rescheduled to Sept. 5. The Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled from May 16 to Oct. 3. According to ESPN, the Belmont Stakes have served as the second leg of the Triple Crown in the past, but never the first.

Belmont Park will reopen during the first week of June. The NYRA announcement comes one day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he wanted professional sports teams to begin to plan to play in the state again.