Belmont Stakes

As the third and final leg of the United States Triple Crown Of Thoroughbred Racing, the Belmont Stakes is held annually at the second (or sometimes the third) Saturday of June. It follows the Kentucky Derby, on the first Saturday of May, and the Preakness Stakes, on the third Saturday of May. The race is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds of both sexes and is hosted at Belmont Park Racecourse in Elmont, New York.

The Belmont Stakes was introduced to the racing calendar in 1867, making it the oldest of the three US Triple Crown series. Since 1926 the race runs over a distance of 1 ½ miles and rewards a substantial purse of US$1 million.

Since it was established, the Belmont Stakes have moved location several times. Originally the race was run at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx, a venue financed by one August Belmont Sr., from whom the race takes its name. In 1890 the Belmont was moved to Morris Park Racecourse in Westchester County, where it would be hosted until 1905, when the new Belmont Park Racecourse was opened in Elmont.

Seeing as it is part of the most-followed thoroughbred racing series in the United States it comes as no surprise that the Belmont Stakes has seen its fair share of historical track moments. In 1973 legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat set a track record for the event which has remained unbeaten to this day. The revered runner completed the 1 ½ mile track in 2 minutes and 24 seconds. On the same occasion Secretariat also set a record for the longest winning margin ever recorded at Belmont Part Racecourse, leaving an incredible 31 lengths between himself and the baffled runner-up.

The Belmont Stakes is truly an all-American sporting event. Since the first ever Belmont Stakes only nine foreign-born thoroughbreds have managed to run to victory. Five contenders from England, two Irish runners and one lone Canadian are the only equine athletes who were fast enough to defend the honour of non-American breeders of thoroughbred horses.

Recent Winners of the Belmont Stakes:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time

2010

Drossel-
meyer

Mike E. Smith

William I. Mott

2:31.57

2009

Summer Bird

Kent Desormeaux

Tim Ice

2:27.54

2008

Da' Tara

Alan Garcia

Nick Zito

2:29.65

2007

Rags To Riches

John Velazquez

Todd Pletcher

2:28.74

2006

Jazil

Fernando Jara

Kiaran McLaughlin

2:27.81

2005

Afleet Alex

Jeremy Rose

Tim Ritchey

2:28.75

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