Belmont Stakes

Run of the coronationsThe Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the American Triple Crown of thoroughbred horseracing. The ‘Run for the Coronations’ traditionally takes place three weeks after the running of the Preakness Stakes.

Run annually over a distance of 1.5 miles at Belmont Park in New York, the Belmont Stakes is the longest race of the American Triple Crown. The race is run over a dirt track and is open to 3-year old colts, geldings and fillies. At present the prize money for the Belmont Stakes is US$1 million.

Belmont Stakes Betting

The Belmont Stakes becomes a key betting event when a horse enters the race on the back of victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The prospect of a Triple Crown winner usually attracts additional attention from beyond the racing fraternity, stimulating betting markets and encouraging bookmakers to offer betting specials.

Ante-post odds for the Belmont Stakes will reflect the performances of the runners in the preceding legs of the American Triple Crown. However, winners of the Preakness Stakes do not generally boast a particularly good record in the Belmont Stakes, with Point Given the last horse to win both races in 2001.

Although betting markets will provide reasonable guidelines to the prospects of runners in the Belmont Stakes, it is worth looking out for horses with experience over the race distance of 1.5 miles. Starting position can also be important in the race, as can the selection of a jockey, due to the importance of strategy and timing during the race.

Belmont Stakes Odds

Belmont Stakes Winners & History

The Belmont Stakes dates back to 1866, when August Belmont financed the first race in the history of the event, at Jerome Park Racecourse in New York. The race was moved twice during subsequent years, finding a permanent home at Belmont Park in 1905.

The race is often referred to as the ‘Test of the Champion’, due to the long distance run in the Belmont Stakes. A win over the Belmont distance requires more than pace, as winners need to produce a perfect blend of speed and stamina.

Like the other American Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes has been the stage for runs by some of the greatest thoroughbreds in history. The finest amongst these was Secretariat, who set a world record of 2:24 over the distance of 1.5 miles at the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

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