It was named after August Belmont who was a prominent racing man and President of the first Jockey Club. Belmont betting history shows that the first race was run at Jerome Park in 1867. It was moved to Belmont Park in 1905.
Belmont Stakes odds history shows that the all-time record is held by Secretariat who raced to a 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. The time of 2:24 set a world record for a mile and a half on the dirt. It also capped a Triple Crown for the great Secretariat. There have been a total of 29 horses that have tried for the Triple Crown in Belmont betting and only 11 have pulled off the win. No horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Recent Belmont Stakes odds history has had quite a few horses fail in the attempt to win the Triple Crown. Six times in the past decade horses have failed in Triple Crown attempts in Belmont betting. Silver Charm lost in Belmont Stakes odds in 1997, Real Quiet lost in Belmont Stakes odds in 1998, Charismatic lost in Belmont Stakes odds in 1999, War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003 and Smarty Jones in Belmont Stakes odds in 2004. What is interesting about those failures in Belmont Stakes odds is that they came in three consecutive years two times.
Belmont Stakes odds history shows that the largest crowd of 120,139 was in 2004 when Smarty Jones came in second behind Birdstone in Belmont betting. It was also the largest crowd in New York racing history. 2007 Belmont Stakes odds had the filly, Rags to Riches winning the race. It was the first time in 102 years a filly had won in Belmont Stakes odds and only the third time ever.
The Belmont is a very popular race for horse racing bettors when a Triple Crown is at stake but just another race when it is not. Hopefully more Triple Crown attempts will be at stake in future runnings of the Belmont Stakes.