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.