Belmont Stakes

The oldest and longest of the three spring classics originated in 1867, named after sportsman August Belmont.

 

Belmont Stakes

 

The oldest and longest of the three spring classics originated in 1867, named after sportsman August Belmont, the race has been run at various distances and tracks throughout history; however, it has been held at Belmont Park since 1905 and run at 1 1/2 miles since 1926.

 

When is the Belmont Stakes?

 

June 6, 2020

 

Where is the Belmont Stakes Run?
 

 

Belmont Park in Elmont, NY

 

What time is the Belmont Stakes Run?
 

 

Approximately 6:30p.m. EST
 

 

How many total horses are in the Belmont Stakes?
 

 

Up to 14 starters
 

 

Where can I watch the Belmont Stakes?

 

NBC: 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. EST

 

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The longest leg of the triple crown is a historic thoroughbred horse race first run in 1867, named for August Belmont, Sr.

 

Belmont Stakes History

 
Named After August Belmont, Sr., Racehorse Breeder and Sportsman who Financed the First Running

 

The longest leg of the triple crown is a historic thoroughbred horse race first run in 1867, named for August Belmont, Sr., a racehorse breeder and sportsman that financed the first running; who's son August Belmont, Jr., would go on to supervise the construction of Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

 

Winners of the Belmont participate in many traditions, the winning horse is draped in a blanket of white carnations and the winning owner is presented the August Belmont Trophy.

 

Throughout history, the highly regarded Belmont Stakes has attracted the cream of the thoroughbred horse racing crop, including 12 triple crown winners:

 

Sir Barton (1919)
 

Gallant Fox (1930)
 

Omaha (1935)
 

War Admiral (1937)

 

Whirlaway (1941)
 

Count Fleet (1943)
 

Citation (1948)
 

Secretariat (1973)
 

Seattle Slew (1977)
 

Affirmed (1978)
 

American Pharoah (2015)
 

Justify (2018)

 

Run each year on the first or second Saturday in June, the test of the champion runs on Saturday, June 6 this year; exactly three weeks after the Preakness Stakes and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby.

 

The total purse for the Belmont Stakes is $1.5-MILLION, so ensuring the winning connections receive a payday of $900,000. Post time will be at 6.30p.m. EST., with television coverage on NBC beginning at 5:00p.m., EST.

 

Buying tickets for the Belmont Stakes is eay, with availability ranging from Platinum, Gold and Bronze Clubhouse Packages, to the Garden Terrace or Champagne Room Package.

 

All the above packages offer hospitality and range from $699 to $1,299, premium box seats are also available starting at $425; General admission is $80, including the wristband good for four 12-ounce beers or bottled waters and a trackside view of the far turn, with food trucks and a live DJ.

 

Secretariat set the fastest time in 1973 with a mind blowing 2:24 flat, no other horse in history has ever run less than 2:26.

 

The great Jim McLaughlin notched six out of seven wins between 1882 and 1888, a feat that would remain unmatched until 1955 when champion jockey Edddie Arcaro earned his sixth victory in 15 years, after first winning in 1941.

 

Horseman James G. Rowe Sr., who won eight times as a trainer from 1893 to 1913, also won the race twice as a jockey.

 

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At 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes is commonly referred to as the test of the champion.

 

Celebrating the Belmont Stakes

 
The Oldest and Longest Race of the Triple Crown

 

At 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes is commonly referred to as the test of the champion.

 

Fans traditionally celebrate by drinking the Belmont Jewel, the official cocktail made with bourbon, lemonade and pomegranate juice.

 

The winner of the race is awarded an elaborate blanket of white carnations imported from Colombia.

 

The winner also receives the August Belmont Trophy, a silver cup they get to keep for a year until the next race day.

 

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There is a safety limit of 14 runners in the Belmont.

 

Qualifying for the Belmont Stakes

 

Grade 1 Belmont Stakes

 

There is a safety limit of 14 runners in the Belmont. Any horse that has already won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes will be guaranteed a post position in the starting gate.

 

Lifetime earnings are the principal criteria, such that the horses who have run big in the Grade 1 prep races will earn a spot.

 

Owners pay $15,000 for entry, with another $15,000 paid when the horse makes it to the starting gate; and must register horses for all three triple crown races by the end of January, in order to avoid paying an additional $75,000 for the privilege.

 

Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies carry 121 pounds.

 

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Jerome Park Racetrack was built in 1866 at Bronx, NY by stock market speculator Leonard Jerome and financed by August Belmont Sr..

 

Belmont Stakes: Facts

 

Jerome Park Racetrack was built in 1866 at Bronx, NY by stock market speculator Leonard Jerome and financed by August Belmont Sr..

 

The first running, won by a filly, Ruthless in 1867.

 

The Belmont continued at Jerome Park until 1890 when Morris Park began hosting the race, where it remained until completion of Belmont Park in 1905.

 

Although from 1963 through 1967 the Belmont Stakes was temporarily run at Aqueduct, it has been run at Belmont Park every year.

 

In 1911 and 1912, the race was cancelled due to anti-gambling laws in the state of New York but it returned in 1913 and has been running every year since.

 

At 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes is the longest of the triple crown races, nicknamed the test of the champion, as in the early days the race was even longer, the current distance was established in 1926.

 

Another nickname is the run for the carnations, since the winning horse is draped with a blanket of white carnations, similar to both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes traditions.

 

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With both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in his pocket, after setting record times that stand to this day; the Penny Chenery trained entry was the well deserving favorite in the Belmont Stakes.

 

Secretariat Dominates

 
Thoroughbred Racing at the Great Race Place

 

With both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in his pocket, after setting record times that stand to this day; the Penny Chenery trained entry was the well deserving favorite in the Belmont Stakes.

 

Early on, Secretariat and Sham separate from the field in what appeared to be a duel, until Secretariat effortlessly drew off putting Sham away on the back stretch and running on.

 

Calling the race, you could hear the amazed commentator, Secretariat by 12, Secretariat by 14; the other three runners would catch Sham, simply unable to run with "Big Red", who just kept on rolling, to win the Belmont by 31 lengths, in perhaps the greatest performance ever, in the history of thoroughbred horse racing.

 

That day in 1973, Secretariat ran the fastest time in the history of the Belmont Stakes that stands to this day.

 

That day in 1973, Secretariat ran the fastest time in the history of the Belmont Stakes that stands to this day - 2:24 flat.

 

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