Belmont Stakes

November 30, 2010 Horseracing

Belmont Stakes betting is the final race to bet on the Triple Crown of horse racing at Belmont Park.

The Belmont Stakes was named after August Belmont who was the first President of the Jockey Club in 1867. Twenty-nine horses have been eligible to win the horseracing Triple Crown coming into Belmont Park and eleven have succeeded for Belmont Stakes betting players.

Belmont Stakes History: In six recent races, horses that have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, Charismatic in 1999, War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004) were denied The Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Horse racing has not seen a Triple Crown champion since 1978. That’s when Affirmed went off as the early Belmont betting favorite at 0.60. Under jockey S. Cauthen, Affirmed swept the Belmont in a time of 2:26 4/5 and captured the Triple Crown title.

Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park established the track record and world record for a mile and a half on dirt at 2:24. With this track record win in the Belmont, he became the ninth horse to capture the Triple Crown and reward the Belmont betting public who bet the favorite at 0.10 to win. Will the 139th Belmont Stakes on June 9th bring the same excitement to horse betting as Street Sense prepares for the Preakness?

The white carnation is the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. The blanket requires approximately 350 carnations, glued to green velveteen spread and weighs between 30 and 40 pounds and is part of Belmont Stakes highlights. Five times in Belmont horse race history had only two horses entered in the horse race: 1887, 1888, 1892, 1910 and 1920, the year Man O’War won. The largest Belmont betting field was 15 in 1983, when Caveat defeated Slew O’ Gold and rewarded those who bet him to win the Belmont at 2.60.

The largest crowd in Belmont history was 120,139 in the 2004 running of the BelmontStakes to see if Smarty Jones would become horseracing’s 12th Triple Crown winner. Birdstone won the race and Smarty Jones finished second disappointing many horse betting players. Funny Cide finished third in his 2003 Triple Crown attempt, disappointing horse betting entusiasts. Empire Maker won the race and paid 2.00 to win the Belmont.

Belmont Stakes Winners
YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY
YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY
2006
Jazil
F. Jara
1937
War Admiral
C. Kurtsinger
2005
Afleet Alex
J. Rose
1936
Granville
J. Stout
2004
Birdstone
E. Prado
1935
Omaha
W. Saunders
2003
Empire Maker
J. Bailey
1934
Peace Chance
W. D. Wright
2002
Sarava
E. Prado
1933
Hurryoff
M. Garner
2001
Point Given
G. Stevens
1932
Faireno
T. Malley
2000
Commendable
P. Day
1931
Twenty Grand
C. Kurtsinger
1999
Lemon Drop Kid
J. Santos
1930
Gallant Fox
E. Sande
1998
Victory Gallop
G. Stevens
1929
Blue Larkspur
M. Garner
1997
Touch Gold
C. McCarron
1928
Vito
C. Kummer
1996
Editor’s Note
R. Douglas
1927
Chance Shot
E. Sande
1995
Thunder Gulch
G. Stevens
1926
Crusader
A. Johnson
1994
Tabasco Cat
P. Day
1925
American Flag
A. Johnson
1993
Colonial Affair
J. Krone
1924
Mad Play
E. Sande
1992
A.P. Indy
E. Delahoussaye
1923
Zev
E. Sande
1991
Hansel
J. Bailey
1922
Pillory
C. H. Miller
1990
Go And Go
M. Kiname
1921
Grey Lag
E. Sande
1989
Easy Goer
P. Day
1920
Man o’ War
C. Kummer
1988
Risen Star
E. Delahoussaye
1919
Sir Barton
J. Loftus
1987
Bet Twice
C. Perret
1918
Johren
F. Robinson
1986
Danzig Connection
C. McCarron
1917
Hourless
J. Butwell
1985
Creme Fraiche
E. Maple
1916
Friar Rock
R. Haynes
1984
Swale
L. Pincay, Jr.
1915
TDe Finn
G. Byrne
1983
Caveat
L. Pincay, Jr.
1914
Luke McLuke
M. Buxton
1982
Conquistador Cielo
L. Pincay, Jr.
1913
Prince Eugene
R. Troxler
1981
Summing
G. Martens
1910
Sweep
J. Butwell
1980
Temperence Hill
E. Maple
1909
Joe Madden
E. Dugan
1979
Coastal
R, Hernandez
1908
Colin
J. Notter
1978
Affirmed
S. Cauthen
1907
Peter Pan
G. Mountain
1977
Seattle Slew
J. Cruguet
1906
Burgomaster
L. Lyne
1976
Bold Forbes
A. Cordero, Jr.
1905
Tanya
E. Hildebrand
1975
Avatar
W. Shoemaker
1904
Delhi
G. Odom
1974
Little Current
M. Rivera
1903
Africander
J. Bullman
1973
Secretariat
R. Turcotte
1902
Masterman
J. Bullman
1972
Riva Ridge
R. Turcotte
1901
Commando
H. Spencer
1971
Pass Catcher
W. Blum
1900
Ildrim
N. Turner
1970
High Echelon
J. Rotz
1899
J. Beraud
R. Clawson
1969
Arts and Letters
B. Baeza
1898
Bowling Brook
F. Littlefield
1968
Stage Door Johnny
G. Gustines
1897
Scottish Chieftain
J. Scherrer
1967
Damascus
W. Shoemaker
1896
Hastings
H. Griffin
1966
Amberoid
B. Boland
1895
Belmar
F. Taral
1965
Hail To All
J. Sellers
1894
Henry of Navarre
W. Simms
1964
Quadrangle
M. Ycaza
1893
Commanche
W. Simms
1963
Chateaugay
C. McCarron
1892
Patron
W. Hayward
1962
Jaipur
W. Shoemaker
1891
Foxford
E. Garrison
1961
Sherluck
B. Baeza
1890
Burlington
P. Barnes
1960
Celtic Ash
B. Hartack
1889
Eric
W. Hayward
1959
Sword Dancer
W. Shoemaker
1888
Sir Dixon
J. McLaughlin
1958
Cavan
P. Anderson
1887
Hanover
J. McLaughlin
1957
Gallant Man
W. Shoemaker
1886
Inspector B
J. McLaughlin
1956
Needles
D. Erb
1885
Tyrant
P. Duffy
1955
Nashua
E. Arcaro
1884
Panique
J. McLaughlin
1954
High Gun
E. Guerin
1883
George Kinney
J. McLaughlin
1953
Native Dancer
E. Guerin
1882
Forester
J. McLaughlin
1952
One Count
E. Arcaro
1881
Saunterer
T. Costello
1951
Counterpoint
D. Gorman
1880
Grenada
L. Hughes
1950
Middleground
B. Boland
1879
Spendthrift
G. Evans
1949
Capot
T. Atkinson
1878
Duke of Magenta
L. Hughes
1948
Citation
E. Arcaro
1877
Cloverbrook
C. Holloway
1947
Phalanx
R. Donoso
1876
Algerine
B. Donohue
1946
Assault
W. Mehrtens
1875
Calvin
B. Swim
1945
Pavot
E. Arcaro
1874
Saxon
G. Barbee
1944
Bounding Home
G. L. Smith
1873
Springbok
J. Roe
1943
Count Fleet
J. Longden
1872
Joe Daniels
J. Roe
1942
Shut Out
E. Arcaro
1871
Harry Bassett
W. Miller
1941
Whirlaway
E. Arcaro
1870
Kingfisher
W. Dick
1940
Bimelech
F. Smith
1869
Fenian
C. Miller
1939
Johnstown
J. Stout
1868
General Duke
B. Swim
1938
Pateurized
J. Stout
1867
Ruthless
J. Gilpatrick

The purse for the first running of the Belmont Stakes horse race was $1,500 added with a total purse of $2,500. The winner of the first running was won by the filly Ruthless. The lowest winner’s share in Belmont Stakes betting history was $1,825 earned by The Finn in 1915. The highest-priced Belmont Stakes winner and record at the Belmont was Sarava ($142.50) in 2002. The lowest $2 win mutuel was Triple Crown winner Count Fleet ($2.10) in 1943.

Since mutuel Belmont Stakes betting began in New York around 1940, there have been six times when no place or show betting was taken at Belmont Park. The last time there was no show wagering for the Belmont Stakes race was in 1978 when Affirmed and Alydar raced. There was also no show betting when Secretariat won his Triple Crown in 1973 at the Belmont racetrack. Show betting was also eliminated in 1957 when Gallant Man defeated Bold Ruler and also in 1953 when Native Dancer won the Belmont.

Belmont Historical Notes: A couple of Belmont Park historical race notes are that in 1943 there was no place or show wagering when Triple Crown winner Count Fleet won. Whirlaway actually completed his Triple Crown victory in 1941 for Belmont betting players without show betting. The Belmont Stakes trophy is a Tiffany-made silver bowl. At the top is a silver figure of Fenian, winner of the third running of the Belmont Stakes thoroughbred race in 1869. The bowl is supported by three horses representing the three founding thoroughbreds – Eclipse, Herod and Matchem. The trophy was presented by the Belmont family as an award for the Belmont Stakes in 1926.

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