Start spreading the news … the Belmont Stakes starts the earliest of any of the Triple Crown races.

N.Y. on Saturday, or anywhere on the East Coast, you can watch the Belmont Stakes at 6:49 p.m. ET.

If you are in the favorite time zone of readers of the Los Angeles Times, don’t tune in any later than 3:49 p.m.

The short fields in Southern California can point to four stakes races at Belmont Park

If you want to see the best horse in the country on Saturday, check in about 4:43 p.m. ET

The best horse in the U.S., is Santa Anita-based Flightline for trainer John Sadler.

For simplicity, we’re going to use Elmont, or Eastern time, in explaining the TV coverage

Then there is a half-hour break with no races scheduled until CNBC picks up the coverage from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m

Now, this will be the last time NBC will carry the Belmont Stakes for a while. NYRA, which runs race tracks in New York, is leaving its deal with NBC and going to Fox.

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Start time is 6:49/5:49/4:49/3:49. You can figure out the right number.