Belmont Stakes: Race History & Records

  • Location: Belmont Park
  • Inaugural Race: 1867
  • Current Distance: 1 & 1/2 miles (12 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualification: Three-year-olds
  • 2015 Purse: $1.5 million
A Photo of the Belmont Stakes, one of the most well known horse races in history

 


Video of the 2016 Belmont Stakes

Check out this video of the 2016 Belmont Stakes, where Arkansas Derby winner Creator topped a unique all-gray trifecta:

 


Video of the 2015 Belmont Stakes

Who could forget the 2015 Belmont Stakes, when American Pharoah finally ended the Triple Crown drought:


Video of the 2014 Belmont Stakes

Check out this video of the 2014 Belmont Stakes, where Tonalist, along with jockey Joel Rosario, ended the Triple Crown bid of media darling California Chrome and were crowned winners!


A Brief History of the Belmont Stakes

They don’t call it the “Test of The Champion” for nothing. The Belmont Stakes, the last and longest leg of the US Triple Crown, is a historic Thoroughbred horse race held in New York. The race was first run in 1867 at the Jerome Park Racetrack in NYC before moving to the nearby Morris Park Racecourse in 1890. The race stayed there until 1905, when it was moved to the newly opened Belmont Park, where a majority of the races have taken place.

The race was named for August Belmont, Sr., a German-American politician and racehorse breeder/owner who financed the first running. His son, August Belmont, Jr. was a successful owner/breeder in his own right, and also oversaw the construction of Belmont Park.

After the conclusion of the race, winners take part in several long-standing traditions. The winning horse is draped with a blanket of white carnations, while the winning owner is presented with the August Belmont Trophy. While the permanent trophy is only used during the ceremony, owners, jockeys and trainers take home an engraved silver tray for their victory.

In the races 100-plus year history Belmont Stakes has seen its share of notable entries, many of them obviously being Triple Crown winners. Past entries that claimed the Triple Crown with a win at Belmont include Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978).


Belmont Stakes – Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Belmont Stakes:

Fastest Time

2:24.00
Secretariat (1973)

Biggest Odds Winner

70-1
Sarava – 2002

Most Wins by a Jockey

6
Tied: Eddie Arcaro (1941, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1955) & Jim McLaughlin (1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888)

Most Wins by a Trainer

8
James G. Rowe, Sr. (1883, 1884, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1913,)

Most Wins by an Owner

6
Belair Stud (1930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1955)

Biggest Winning Margin

31 lengths
Secretariat (1973)

Historical Race Results for the Belmont Stakes

Winners of the Belmont Stakes instantly cement their place in horse racing history. In the table below you will find a full record of the winning race entries and results, including the horse, jockey, owner, trainer, and time.

YearWinnerJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
2014TonalistJoel RosarioChristophe ClementRobert S. Evans02:28.5
2013Palace MaliceMike SmithTodd PletcherDogwood Stable02:30.7
2012Union RagsJohn VelazquezMichael MatzPhyllis M. Wyeth02:30.4
2011Ruler on IceJose Valdivia, Jr.Kelly BreenGeorge and Lori Hall02:30.9
2010DrosselmeyerMike SmithWilliam MottWinStar Farm LLC02:31.6
2009Summer BirdKent DesormeauxTim IceKalarikkal & Vilasini Jayaraman02:27.5
2008Da'TaraAlan GarciaNick ZitoRobert V. LaPenta02:29.7
2007Rags to RichesJohn VelazquezTodd PletcherM. Tabor & D. Smith02:28.7
2006JazilFernando JaraKiaran McLaughlinShadwell Farm02:27.8
2005Afleet AlexJeremy RoseTimothy RitcheyCash is King LLC02:28.7
2004BirdstoneEdgar PradoNick ZitoMarylou Whitney Stables02:27.5
2003Empire MakerJerry BaileyRobert FrankelJuddmonte Farms02:28.3
2002SaravaEdgar PradoKenneth McPeekNew Phoenix Stable02:29.7
2001Point GivenGary StevensBob BaffertThe Thoroughbred Corp.02:26.8
2000CommendablePat DayD. Wayne LukasBob & Beverly Lewis02:31.2
1999Lemon Drop KidJose SantosScotty SchulhoferJeanne G. Vance02:27.8
1998Victory GallopGary StevensW. Elliott WaldenPrestonwood Farm02:29.0
1997Touch GoldChris McCarronDavid HofmansFrank Stronach02:28.8
1996Editor's NoteRene R. DouglasD. Wayne LukasOverbrook Farm02:28.8
1995Thunder GulchGary StevensD. Wayne LukasMichael Tabor02:32.0
1994Tabasco CatPat DayD. Wayne LukasReynolds/Overbrook02:26.8
1993Colonial AffairJulie KroneScotty SchulhoferCentennial Farms02:29.8
1992A.P. IndyEd DelahoussayeNeil DrysdaleTomonori Tsurumaki02:26.1
1991HanselJerry BaileyFrank L. BrothersLazy Lane Farm02:28.0
1990Go And GoMichael KinaneDermot K. WeldMoyglare Stud Farm02:27.2
1989Easy GoerPat DayC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps02:26.0
1988Risen StarEd DelahoussayeLouie J. Roussel IIILouie J. Roussel III02:26.4
1987Bet TwiceCraig PerretJimmy CrollBlanche P. Levy02:28.2
1986Danzig ConnectionChris McCarronWoody StephensHenryk de Kwiatkowski02:29.8
1985Creme FraicheEddie MapleWoody StephensBrushwood Stables02:27.0
1984SwaleLaffit Pincay, Jr.Woody StephensClaiborne Farm02:27.2
1983CaveatLaffit Pincay, Jr.Woody StephensAugust Belmont IV02:27.8
1982Conquistador CieloLaffit Pincay, Jr.Woody StephensHenryk de Kwiatkowski02:28.2
1981SummingGeorge MartensLuis BarreraCharles T. Wilson, Jr.02:29.0
1980Temperence HillEddie MapleJoseph B. CanteyLoblolly Stable02:29.8
1979CoastalRuben HernandezDavid A. WhiteleyWilliam Haggin Perry02:28.6
1978AffirmedSteve CauthenLaz BarreraHarbor View Farm02:26.8
1977Seattle SlewJean CruguetWilliam H. Turner, Jr.Karen L. Taylor02:29.6
1976Bold ForbesAngel Cordero, Jr.Laz BarreraE. Rodriguez Tizol02:29.0
1975AvatarBill ShoemakerTommy DoyleArthur A. Seeligson, Jr.02:28.2
1974Little CurrentMiguel A. RiveraLou RondinelloDarby Dan Farm02:29.2
1973SecretariatRon TurcotteLucien LaurinMeadow Stable02:24.0
1972Riva RidgeRon TurcotteLucien LaurinMeadow Stud02:28.0
1971Pass CatcherWalter BlumEddie YowellOctober House Farm02:30.4
1970High EchelonJohn L. RotzJohn W. JacobsEthel D. Jacobs02:34.0
1969Arts and LettersBraulio BaezaJ. Elliott BurchRokeby Stables02:28.8
1968Stage Door JohnnyHeliodoro GustinesJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable02:27.2
1967DamascusBill ShoemakerFrank Y. Whiteley, Jr.Edith W. Bancroft02:28.8
1966AmberoidWilliam BolandLucien LaurinReginald N. Webster02:29.6
1965Hail To AllJohnny SellersEddie YowellZelda Cohen02:28.4
1964QuadrangleManuel YcazaJ. Elliott BurchRokeby Stables02:28.4
1963ChateaugayBraulio BaezaJames P. ConwayDarby Dan Farm02:30.2
1962JaipurBill ShoemakerBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.02:28.8
1961SherluckBraulio BaezaHarold YoungJacob Sher02:29.2
1960Celtic AshBill HartackThomas J. BarryJoseph E. O'Connell02:29.2
1959Sword DancerBill ShoemakerJ. Elliott BurchBrookmeade Stable02:28.4
1958CavanPete AndersonThomas J. BarryJoseph E. O'Connell02:30.2
1957Gallant ManBill ShoemakerJohn A. NerudRalph Lowe02:26.6
1956NeedlesDavid ErbHugh L. FontaineD & H Stable02:29.8
1955NashuaEddie ArcaroJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud02:29.0
1954High GunEric GuerinMax HirschKing Ranch02:30.8
1953Native DancerEric GuerinBill WinfreyAlfred G. Vanderbilt II02:28.6
1952One CountEddie ArcaroOscar WhiteSarah F. Jeffords02:30.2
1951CounterpointDavid GormanSylvester VeitchC. V. Whitney02:29.0
1950MiddlegroundWilliam BolandMax HirschKing Ranch02:28.6
1949CapotTed AtkinsonJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable02:30.2
1948CitationEddie ArcaroHorace A. JonesCalumet Farm02:28.2
1947PhalanxRuperto DonosoSylvester VeitchC. V. Whitney02:29.4
1946AssaultWarren MehrtensMax HirschKing Ranch02:30.8
1945PavotEddie ArcaroOscar WhiteWalter M. Jeffords, Sr.02:30.2
1944Bounding HomeGayle SmithMatt BradyWilliam Ziegler, Jr.02:32.2
1943Count FleetJohnny LongdenDon CameronFannie Hertz02:28.2
1942Shut OutEddie ArcaroJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable02:29.2
1941WhirlawayEddie ArcaroBen A. JonesCalumet Farm02:31.0
1940BimelechFred A. SmithWilliam A. HurleyEdward R. Bradley02:29.6
1939JohnstownJames StoutJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud02:29.6
1938PasteurizedJames StoutGeorge M. OdomCarol Harriman Plunkett02:29.0
1937War AdmiralCharley KurtsingerGeorge ConwayGlen Riddle Farm02:28.6
1936GranvilleJames StoutJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud02:30.0
1935OmahaWillie SaundersJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud02:30.6
1934Peace ChanceWayne D. WrightPete CoyneJoseph E. Widener02:29.2
1933HurryoffMack GarnerHenry McDanielJoseph E. Widener02:32.6
1932FairenoTommy MalleyJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud02:32.8
1931Twenty GrandCharley KurtsingerJames G. Rowe, Jr.Greentree Stable02:29.6
1930Gallant FoxEarl SandeJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud02:31.6
1929Blue LarkspurMack GarnerHerbert J. ThompsonEdward R. Bradley02:32.8
1928VitoClarence KummerMax HirschAlfred H. Cosden02:33.2
1927Chance ShotEarl SandePete CoyneJoseph E. Widener02:32.4
1926CrusaderAlbert JohnsonGeorge ConwayGlen Riddle Farm02:32.2
1925American FlagAlbert JohnsonGwyn R. TompkinsGlen Riddle Farm02:16.8
1924Mad PlayEarl SandeSam HildrethRancocas Stable02:18.8
1923ZevEarl SandeSam HildrethRancocas Stable02:19.0
1922PilloryC. H. MillerThomas J. HealeyRichard T. Wilson, Jr.02:18.8
1921Grey LagEarl SandeSam HildrethRancocas Stable02:16.8
1920Man o' WarClarence KummerLouis FeustelGlen Riddle Farm02:14.2
1919Sir BartonJohnny LoftusH. Guy BedwellJ. K. L. Ross02:17.4
1918JohrenFrank RobinsonAlbert SimonsHarry P. Whitney02:20.4
1917HourlessJames H. ButwellSam HildrethAugust Belmont, Jr.02:17.8
1916Friar RockEverett HaynesSam HildrethAugust Belmont, Jr.02:22.0
1915The FinnGeorge ByrneEdward W. HeffnerHenry C. Hallenbeck02:18.4
1914Luke McLukeMerritt BuxtonJohn F. SchorrJohn W. Schorr02:20.0
1913Prince EugeneRoscoe TroxlerJames G. Rowe, Sr.Harry P. Whitney02:18.0
1912No race was held
1911No race was held
1910SweepJames H. ButwellJames G. Rowe, Sr.James R. Keene02:22.0
1909Joe MaddenEddie DuganSam HildrethSam Hildreth02:21.6
1908ColinJoe NotterJames G. Rowe, Sr.James R. KeeneNo Record
1907Peter PanGeorge MountainJames G. Rowe, Sr.James R. KeeneNo Record
1906BurgomasterLucien LyneJohn W. RogersHarry P. Whitney02:20.0
1905TanyaGene HildebrandJohn W. RogersHarry P. Whitney02:08.0
1904DelhiGeorge M. OdomJames G. Rowe, Sr.James R. Keene02:06.6
1903AfricanderJohn BullmanRichard O. MillerHampton Stable02:21.7
1902MastermanJohn BullmanJohn J. HylandAugust Belmont, Jr.02:22.6
1901CommandoHenry SpencerJames G. Rowe, Sr.James R. Keene02:21.0
1900IldrimNash TurnerH. Eugene LeighH. Eugene Leigh02:21.2
1899Jean BereaudRichard ClawsonSam HildrethSydney Paget02:23.0
1898Bowling BrookFred LittlefieldR. Wyndham WaldenA. H.& D. H. Morris02:32.0
1897Scottish ChieftainJoe ScherrerMatt ByrnesMarcus Daly02:23.3
1896HastingsHenry GriffinJohn J. HylandBlemton Stable02:24.5
1895BelmarFred TaralEdward FeakesPreakness Stables02:11.5
1894Henry of NavarreWillie SimmsByron McClellandByron McClelland01:56.5
1893ComancheWillie SimmsGus HannonEmpire Stable01:53.2
1892PatronWilliam HaywardLewis StuartLewis Stuart02:17.0
1891FoxfordEdward R. GarrisonM. DonavanC. E. Rand02:08.8
1890BurlingtonPike BarnesAlbert CooperHough Bros.02:07.8
1889EricWilliam HaywardJohn HugginsA. J. Cassatt02:47.3
1888Sir DixonJim McLaughlinFrank McCabeDwyer Bros. Stable02:40.3
1887HanoverJim McLaughlinFrank McCabeDwyer Bros. Stable02:43.5
1886Inspector BJim McLaughlinFrank McCabeDwyer Bros. Stable02:41.0
1885TyrantPaul DuffyC. ClaypoolJames B. A. Haggin02:43.0
1884PaniqueJim McLaughlinJames G. Rowe, Sr.Dwyer Bros. Stable02:42.0
1883George KinneyJim McLaughlinJames G. Rowe, Sr.Dwyer Bros. Stable02:42.5
1882ForesterJim McLaughlinLewis StuartAppleby & Johnson02:43.0
1881SauntererTom CostelloR. Wyndham WaldenGeorge L. Lorillard02:47.0
1880GrenadaW. HughesR. Wyndham WaldenGeorge L. Lorillard02:47.0
1879SpendthriftGeorge EvansThomas PuryearJames R. Keene02:42.7
1878Duke of MagentaW. HughesR. Wyndham WaldenGeorge L. Lorillard02:43.5
1877CloverbrookC. HollowayJeter WaldenE. A. Clabaugh02:46.0
1876AlgerineBilly DonohueThomas W. DoswellDoswell & Co.02:40.5
1875CalvinBobby SwimAnsel WilliamsonHal P. McGrath02:42.3
1874SaxonGeorge BarbeeW. PriorPierre Lorillard IV02:39.5
1873SpringbokJames G. Rowe, Sr.David McDanielDavid McDaniel03:01.7
1872Joe DanielsJames G. Rowe, Sr.David McDanielDavid McDaniel02:58.2
1871Harry BassettWalter MillerDavid McDanielDavid McDaniel02:56.0
1870KingfisherEdward D. BrownRollie ColstonDaniel Swigert02:59.5
1869FenianC. MillerJacob PincusAugust Belmont03:04.3
1868General DukeBobby SwimA. ThompsonMcConnell & Co.03:02.0
1867RuthlessGilbert PatrickA. Jack MinorFrancis Morris03:05.0