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The Belmont Stakes is the third jewel of the Triple Crown and is also called the Test of Champions. It’s run in early June, five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. Many horses have lived to tell about the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but rare is the horse that can finish the deed and win the ultimate test of thoroughbred racing. Although it has happened twice recently with American Pharoah winning in 2015 and Justify in 2018, the 2019 running will have no Triple Crown hopeful. The grueling 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes is known as the toughest race in the Sport of Kings to win, particularly for a colt who has already run in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Still, those who survive to win this race will down in horse racing history.
The 2019 Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, June 8. As is the case every year, the action at Belmont Park can be seen live on NBC.
2019 Belmont Stakes At a Glance
Date and Time: Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 6:48 p.m. ET
Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
Length: 1 1/2 miles ( 12 furlongs ), dirt track
Purse: Approximately $1.5 million ( $900,000 for win )
Belmont Stakes TV Coverage: NBC
Belmont Stakes Format
The Belmont Stakes is open to 3-year-old thoroughbreds, but they do need to qualify to run in the race. Finishing in the top five of either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown automatically gives a horse a spot in the Belmont Stakes field. Career earnings also determine contestants with many of the top colts running graded stakes races in order to qualify.
In 1905 Belmont Park became the permanent home and the current distance of 1 ½ mile was set in 1926, making it the longest of the Triple Crown races. Earning its “Test of the Champion” name due to the length and because it’s the final race of the Triple Crown. Most three-year-olds aren’t used to the distance and lack the experience and stamina, making positioning and timing an important part of winning the Belmont Stakes.
Fillies don't run in the Belmont Stakes often, but they do from time to time. With the Triple Tiara becoming less and less notable as time goes on, you'll sometimes see a filly get off of that trail and run in the Belmont instead. A total of 23 fillies have run in the Belmont Stakes with three winning it. Rags To Riches in 2007 was the last filly to win the Belmont Stakes.
List of Belmont Stakes Winners (Since 2000)
||Irad Ortiz Jr.
||Ruler on Ice
||Jose Valdivia Jr.
||Rags to Riches
||D. Wayne Lukas
There really isn't a way to put Secretariat's run at the 1973 Belmont Stakes into perspective. To say that he was phenomenal that day is an understatement, as he ran the race in a record 2:24 flat and won by a record 31 lengths. There aren't many unbreakable records in sports, but this is one of them. We've never even seen a horse run the third leg of the Triple Crown in 2:25, let alone in 2:24, and to win any race by 30+ lengths is just stupefying.
Fastest Times in Belmont Stakes History
So consider anything beyond 2:27 to be a great time to win the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah blazed through the mile and a half in 2:26.65, the second-fastest time ever for a Triple Crown winner behind Secretariat, and he and Point Given are the only two horses to run the Belmont in less than 2:27 since 2000. The next closest since then was Birdstone in 2004, and he needed 2:27.50 to finish the race.
Longest Odds To Win the Belmont Stakes
Upsets in the Belmont Stakes have certainly been a lot more frequent in recent years than in the past, and there have been some massive upsets in that mix. Sarava pulled off the upset of all upsets when he cashed in at a whopping price of 70 to 1 in 2002, ending the Triple Crown bid of War Emblem. He's one of the three who has ever won this race at a price of 50 to 1 or better.
Most Jockey Wins in Belmont Stakes History
||1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888
||1941, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1955
||1921, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1930
||1957, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1975
It really shouldn't be shocking that the old-time jockeys are the ones who have won the Belmont Stakes most often. The record of six held by Eddie Arcaro and Jim McLaughlin will probably never be touched again. The only man who is even halfway there and is still competitively racing is Gary Stevens, and at this point in his career, he's not sticking around long enough to win this race three more times. It's a real feat to win this race just once though, and any jockey who has his name in the list of Belmont Stakes winners should be celebrated.
Most Trainer Wins in Belmont Stakes History
|James G. Rowe Sr.
||1883, 1884, 1901, 1904, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1931
||1899, 1909, 1916, 1917, 1921, 1923, 1924
||1930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1955
||1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
||1928, 1946, 1950, 1954
|D. Wayne Lukas
||1994, 1995, 1996, 2000
|R. Wyndham Walden
||1878, 1880, 1881, 1898
The greatest run in the history of any of the Triple Crown races for trainers came from 1982 through 1986 when the great Woody Stephens trained five consecutive winners at the Belmont Stakes. Stephens immediately became one of the best trainers in NYRA history, and no one will ever touch five straight Belmont Stakes victories ever again.
James G. Rowe Sr.'s record of eight Belmont victories will very likely also never be touched. D. Wayne Lukas is at the very end of his career, and he only has four triumphs in the Belmont, and each of the last nine trainers to win the third leg of the Triple Crown was different.
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