The Belmont Stakes is an American grade I stakes Thoroughbred horse race held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The prize purse is $1 million. It is the third jewel of the Triple Crown, held five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and 3 weeks after the Preakness.
The oldest of America's Triple Crown races, the Belmont has established itself as the ultimate test of championship stamina in the US. with the exception of 1911 and 1912, The 1926 Belmont was run at 1-1/2 miles and was won by Crusader, a son of the legendary Man o' War, in a time of 2:32-1/5.
When: June 9, 2018 Track: Belmont Park Distance: 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Record: 2:24, Secretariat (1973) TV: NBC
The race has been run at that distance ever since. Its 1-1/2-mile distance now has become a rarity in American dirt races.
The Belmont Stakes was first run on June 19, 1867, at the Jerome Park race course, an oddly shaped, English-style track that required its runners to negotiate three turns instead of two because of a dip in the middle of the backstretch. A filly, Ruthless, won the first Belmont's $1,850 winners purse, outlasting DeCourcey by a head. The Belmont was even longer in its early days, contested at 1-5/8 miles through 1873. From the years between 1890 through 1926, the race dropped down to distances varying between 1-1/8 and 1-3/8 miles.
The race, nicknamed The Test of the Champion, is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown and is held five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes, on a Saturday in June.
The attendance at the Belmont Stakes is among the American thoroughbred racing top attended events. The 2004 Belmont Stakes drew a television audience of 21.9 million viewers, and had the highest household viewing rate since 1977 when Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown.
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"The Test of The Champion" or "Run for the Carnations" as traditionally called, because the winning horse is draped with a blanket of white carnations after the race, in similar fashion to the blanket of roses and black-eyed susans for the Derby and Preakness, respectively.
Winners of The Belmont Stakes since 1997 2017 Tapwrit 2.30.02 2016 Creator 2:28.51 2015 American Pharoah 2:26:65 2014 Tonalist 2:28.52 2013 Palace Malice 2:30.70 2012 Union Rags 2:30.42 2011 Ruler On Ice 2:31.57 2010 Drosselmeyer 2:30.88 2009 Summer Bird 2:27.54 2008 Da' Tara 2:29.65 2007 Rags to Riches 2:28.74 2006 Jazil 2:27.86 2005 Afleet 2:28.60 2004 Birdstone 2:27.50 2003 Empire Maker 2:28:26 2002 Savara 2:29.71 2001 Point Given 2:26:56 2000 Commendable 2:31:19 1999 Lemon Drop Kid 2:27:88 1998 Victory Gallop 2:29:16 1997 Touch Gold 2:28:82
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