Bet on the Belmont Stakes
Where is the Belmont Stakes? Belmont Park
When is the Belmont Stakes? June 8, 2013
Main Course: 1 1/2 Miles
Last Turn to Finish on Main Track: 1,097 feet
Widener Turf Course: 1 5/16 Miles
Inner Turf Course: 1 3/16 Miles
Attendance Capacity: 85,000 - 90,000
Parking Capacity: 18,500 Cars
Trackside Dining: 2,300
Total Seating Capacity: 32,941
Bet on Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown and named after August Belmont who was a leading banker and figure in racing during the 19th century. August Belmont was also the first President of the Jockey Club in 1867. In 1869, August Belmont ran his own horses Fenian and Glenelg who finished win and place for first and second money.
The Belmont Stakes was run at Jerome Park from l867 to l889; at Morris Park from l890 to l904; at Aqueduct from l963 to l967. Not run in l9ll and l9l2. Run at a mile and five furlongs from l867 to l873; a mile and a quarter in l890, l89l, l892, l895, l904 and l905; a mile and a furlong in l893 and l894; a mile and three furlongs from l896 to l903 and from l906 to l925. No time taken in l907 and l908. Run as a Handicap Stakes in 1895 and in 1913.
Secretariat's record 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes established the world record for a mile and a half at 2:24. With his win in the Belmont, he became the ninth horse to capture the Triple Crown.
Twenty-six horses have been eligible to win the Triple Crown coming into the Belmont Stakes and eleven have succeeded. In the last three runnings, horses that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (Silver Charm, Real Quiet, and Charismatic) were denied racing immortality in the Belmont Stakes. Racing has not seen a Triple Crown champion since 1978, when Affirmed swept the three-race series.
A crowd of 85,818, the largest in New York Racing history, attended the 1999 running, hoping to see Charismatic become Racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. Unfortunately, during the stretch run, the colt suffered a condylar and sesamoid bone fracture in his left foreleg, and finished third.
Over the years we have seem triumph and defeat with suprise finishes. Who can forget Big Brown -- favored to crush the field-- finish his Triple Crown in last place. In 2009, we witnessed Summer Bird triumph over his kin-- Mine That Bird.