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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