Third Leg Of The Triple Crown Races
The Belmont Stakes is a Grade 1 race for three-year-olds held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
- Belmont Stakes 2018 winner: Justify
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The Race is known as “The Run for the Carnations” and is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown. The winner has a 40lb blanket of white carnations draped over it in the winner’s enclosure.
The Belmont takes place five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. It is run over a mile and a half and puts the emphasis on stamina.
The Belmont Stakes is one of the best attended meetings in the American racing calendar. It hosted its largest crowd in 2004 when over 120,000 spectators flocked to watch Smarty Jones beaten by Birdstone in his bid for Triple Crown glory.
Belmont Race Track
Belmont Park is located in Elmont just outside New York City limits. The racecourse opened in 1905 and has been the stage for 12 Triple Crown winners.
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The origin of the name “Belmont” can be traced back to financier and sportsman August Belmont. Some sources state that Belmont Park was named in honour of his son, August Belmont II, a key member of the Westchester Racing Association which established the racecourse.
First Belmont Stakes
The first running of the Belmont Stakes took place in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx. The Belmont Stakes races have been run at Belmont Park since 1905.
There was no race in 1911–12 when gambling was banned in New York State. Between 1963 and 1967, the big race took place at Aqueduct while the grandstands at Belmont Park were being reconstructed.
Secretariat set a world record time for a mile and a half on dirt of 2 minutes and 24 seconds in his 1973 Belmont victory.
His remarkable 31-length victory secured the first Triple Crown since Citation in 1948. A statue of Secretariat is on display in the centre of the Belmont paddock.
Other key dirt races at Belmont Park include the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Woodward Stakes and the Suburban Handicap.
Important turf races include the Man O’ War Stakes, Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.
- Tickets sell quickly for the final leg of the Triple Crown. Don’t delay – reserve your Belmont Stakes tickets today!
Belmont Race 2018 Pole Position
- Justify, 4-5
- Free Drop Billy, 30-1
- Bravazo, 8-1
- Hofburg, 9-2
- Restoring Hope, 30-1
- Gronkowski, 12-1
- Tenfold, 12-1
- Vino Rosso, 30-1
- Noble Indy, 12-1
- Blended Citizen, 15-1
Belmont Stakes 2018
- Belmont Stakes Entry time: 6:37 pm local New York time, June 8
The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival 2019 takes place between June 7th and 8th. The climax of the meeting is the 151st Running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday June 8th.
As well as the racing, Belmont will be providing musical entertainment to be announced soon.
The betting market begins to take shape after the Kentucky Derby and a clear favourite is established after the Preakness Stakes. Will there be a 15th Triple Crown winner this year? Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after American Pharaoh back in 2015.
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Reserve your tickets now for one of the greatest occasions in the racing year!