The closest finishes in the Belmont Stakes odds were by a nose: Granville beat Mr. Bones in 1936; Jaipur beat Admiral’s Voyage in 1962; and Victory Gallop beat Real Quiet in 1998. The longest victory margin was set as a Belmont Stakes odds record by Secretariat at 31 lengths in 1973.
Count Fleet won by 25 lengths in 1943. The first running of the Belmont Stakes was in 1867 at Jerome Park. The race was a mile and 5/8th. The Belmont Stakes horse race is the oldest of the Triple Crown events. It is older than the Preakness by six years and the Kentucky Derby by eight years.
The Belmont Stakes horse race is the fourth oldest stakes race in North America. The 1921 Belmont Stakes horse race was the first to be run in the counter-clockwise direction. Previous races had been run clockwise, in accordance with English custom.
The purse for the first running of the Belmont Stakes was $1,500-added with a total purse of $2,500. There have been five two-horse fields in the Belmont: 1887, 1888, 1892, 1910 and when Man o’War won in 1920. The largest Belmont race field was 15 in 1983, when Caveat defeated Slew o’ Gold.
The second largest Belmont betting field was 14 in 1875 when Calvin beat Aristides. Since the advent of mutuels in New York in 1940 there have been six occasions when no place or show horse betting was taken on the Belmont Stakes at the Belmont racetrack.
The last time there was no show wagering in the Belmont Stakes at the Belmont racetrack was in 1978 when Affirmed and Alydar hooked up and when the last Triple Crown was won. There was also no show betting in 1973 when Secretariat won the 105th running of the Belmont by 31 lengths.
Show betting was also eliminated in 1957 when Gallant Man and Bold Ruler hooked up in the 89th Belmont and Bill Shoemaker guided Gallant Man to an eight-length triumph. The 1953 Belmont won by Native Dancer was also without show horse betting in the Belmont horse race.
The 1943 Belmont won by Count Fleet had neither place nor show wagering. When Whirlaway completed his sweep of the Triple Crown in the 1941 Belmont at Belmont racetrack there was also no show horse race betting.
A minus win pool took place in 1943 when Count Fleet completed his sweep of the Triple Crown with a 25-length victory. The minus win pool on Count Fleet was $15,912.02 for the Belmont Stakes race.
The 1969 running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont racetrack produced the first minus show pool in the history of the Belmont Stakes race when Arts and Letters won and created a minus show pool of $5,782.98.
The 1979 Belmont Stakes horse race, when Spectacular Bid finished third also resulted in an on-track minus show pool of $19,500.81. A New York record crowd of 120,139 attended the 2004 Belmont Stakes as Smarty Jones failed to win the Triple Crown. There has been only one woman to race in the Belmont Stakes.
Hall of Famer Julie Krone, the all-time leading female jockey, became the first woman to win a Triple Crown race when she rode Colonial Affair to victory in the 125th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5, 1993.
She rode in four other Belmonts with Subordinated Debt who finished ninth in 1991; Colony Light who finished sixth in 1992; Star Standard who was second in 1995; and South Salem in 1996.
Of the 17 owners who have won the Belmont Stakes more than once, 11 had consecutive victories, but only Colonel David McDaniel and the Dwyer Brothers owned winners in three consecutive years. The last owner to register back-to-back Belmont wins was Meadow Stable, which won with Riva Ridge in 1972 and Secretariat in 1973.
The Belmont Stakes trophy is a solid silver bowl and cover made by Tiffany & Co. It is 18 inches tall, 15 inches across and 14 inches at the base. At the top of the cover is a silver figure of 1869 Belmont winner Fenian.
“New York, New York” has been performed as the field for the Belmont Stakes makes its way to the starting gate since 1997. The song was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb.
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