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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