The Belmont is run at a mile and a half which would seem to set up for horses that are closers. That is not the case though as Belmont betting winners are usually the horses that set the pace or stalk the pace.
Belmont Stakes betting since 1970 has shown that 14 times the winning horse has led almost all the way. Six of those times the winner led wire to wire. Since 1970 a total of 12 winners stalked the pace and were able to win. 11 other winners were able to close from way off the pace. The best post position in Belmont Stakes betting history since the early 1900’s is the rail. That position has won 22 times in Belmont betting. The next two best posts in Belmont Stakes betting are #3 and #5. They are followed by post #7 and post #2 in Belmont betting. What this shows is that post position is not a huge factor in Belmont Stakes betting with only the rail saving ground and of any importance.
Belmont Stakes betting shows that the record for the fastest race at a mile and a half is 2:24 set in 1973 by Secretariat. Belmont Stakes betting began in 1867 and is the oldest of the Triple Crown races. It is the fourth oldest stakes race in North America. Belmont Stakes betting facts show that only three fillies have ever won the race, the latest being Rags to Riches in 2007 and the first, Ruthless in the inaugural running of the Belmont. The other Belmont Stakes betting filly to win was Tanya in 1905. Belmont betting shows that the race has been run at the current distance of a mile and a half since 1925. Strangely enough, the Belmont was first run clockwise like in England but changed to counter clockwise in 1921.
Belmont Stakes betting history shows that the leading jockey in terms of wins was James McLaughlin with six wins in the late 1800’s and Eddie Arcaro who had six wins including Two Triple Crown wins. Belmont Stakes betting history shows that the leading trainer is James Rowe who had eight wins.