The Belmont Derby: Race History & Results

  • Location: Belmont Park
  • Inaugural Race: 1929
  • Distance: 1 & 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2015 Purse: $1,250,000
Logo for Belmont Park, the race track where the Belmont Derby Invitational takes place

Video of the 2014 Belmont Derby

Check out footage of the 2014 Belmont Derby, where jockey Jose Lezcano and Mr. Speaker rode all the way to a first place finish!


A Brief History of the Belmont Derby

While the name might be new to some race fans, the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (or simply Belmont Derby) has deep roots in horse racing history. In 1929, the race was established at the now-defunct Jamaica Racetrack as the Jamaica Handicap, named for the neighborhood in Queens, New York that the track called home. The race was run there for 30 years until the closing of the Jamaica Racetrack in 1959. The 1960 running was held at the Aqueduct Racetrack, and subsequently put on hiatus until 1975. Between 1975 and 1987, the race bounced between Aqueduct and Belmont until officials decided that its permanent home would be at Belmont. In 2014 the race was renamed the Belmont Derby, along with changes to its distance (1 1/8th miles to 1 ¼ miles) and purse (winners to get $1,250,000 instead of $500,000).

Notable entries in the Belmont Derby include Piet (3-time race winner) and millionaire Thoroughbreds Ruhlmann (1988 winner), Subordination (1997 winner), and Artie Shiller (2004 winner).

 


Belmont Derby – Race Records

Scroll over any of the boxes below to view race records for the Belmont Derby:

Speed record

1:45.50
Artie Schiller – 2004

Most Wins by a Jockey

4
Richard Migliore (1984, 1986, 1996, 2004)

Most Wins by a Trainer

3
4 Tied: Bert Mulholland (1936, 1941, 1942), C.R. McGaughey III (1987, 1990, 2014), R. Emmitt Potts (1949, 1950, 1951), William I. Mott (2000, 2003, 2008)

Most Wins by an Owner

4
George D. Widener, Jr.  (1931, 1936, 1941, 1942)

Historical Results for the Belmont Derby

In the table below, you will find records of all of the winners of the Belmont Derby, including winning horses, jockeys, trainers, and times:

YearWinnerJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
2014Mr SpeakerJose LezcanoC. R. McGaughey IIIPhipps Stable02:01.1
2013Up With the BirdsCornelio VelasquezMalcolm PierceSam-Son Farms01:48.7
2012King DavidRosie NapravnikMichael J. MakerScarlet Stable01:52.9
2011Western AristocratCorey NakataniJeremy NosedaVinery Stables01:50.3
2010Prince Will I AmJose LezcanoMichelle NiheiCasa Farms01:50.1
2009Take the PointsEdgar PradoTodd PletcherStarlight Partners01:48.5
2008Court VisionRamon DominguezWilliam I. MottIEAH Stables/WinStar01:49.8
2007Nobiz Like ShobizJavier CastellanoBarclay TaggElizabeth Valando01:46.8
2006Showing UpCornelio VelasquezBarclay TaggLael Stable01:47.8
2005WatchmonJavier CastellanoPat ReynoldsPaul Pompa, Jr.01:49.3
2004Artie SchillerRichard MiglioreJames A. JerkensTimber Bay Farm et al.01:45.5
2003StrollJerry BaileyWilliam I. MottClaiborne Farm01:46.0
2002FinalityJohn VelazquezTodd A. PletcherDogwood Stable01:46.7
2001NavesinkEdgar PradoAlan E. GoldbergJayeff B Stables01:51.5
2000King CugatJerry BaileyWilliam I. MottCentennial Farms01:49.6
1999Monarch's MazeJoe BravoPatrick J. KellyLive Oak Racing01:51.7
1998VergennesJohn VelazquezMark HennigDecember Hill Farm01:50.4
1997SubordinationJorge ChavezGary SciaccaKlaravich Stable01:49.0
1996Allied ForcesRichard MiglioreKiaran McLaughlinAhmed Al Tayer01:40.9
1994Pennine RidgeJohn VelazquezDavid G. DonkDecember Hill Farm01:35.1
1993Mi CieloMike E. SmithPeter M. VestalThomas M. Carey01:35.2
1992West by WestJean-Luc SamynGeorge R. Arnold IIJohn H. Peace01:34.3
1991Sultry SongChris AntleyPatrick J. KellyLive Oak Racing01:34.4
1990Confidential TalkJorge ChavezC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps01:35.6
1989Domasca DonSandy HawleyRobert P. TillerFrank Di Giulio, Sr.01:35.4
1988RuhlmannGary StevensRobert J. FrankelJerome S. Moss01:35.4
1987Stacked PackRandy RomeroC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps01:34.8
1986WaquoitRichard MiglioreGuido FedericoJoseph Federico01:34.2
1985Don's ChoiceDon MacBethMarvin L. MoncriefSondra D. Bender01:36.0
1984Raja's SharkRichard MiglioreMark E. CasseIrwin Feiner01:36.6
1983Bounding BasqueGregg McCarronWoodrow SedlacekJ. D. Wimpfheimer01:34.0
1982John's GoldAngel Cordero, Jr.H. Allen JerkensHobeau Farm01:37.0
1981Pass The TabJorge VelasquezAlbert BarreraLeopoldo Villareal01:35.2
1980Far Out EastCash AsmussenThomas J. KellyJohn M. Schiff01:34.0
1979Belle's GoldLaffit Pincay, Jr.Walter A. KelleyJohn R. Murrell01:33.6
1978Regal And RoyalJeffrey FellWarren A. Croll, Jr.Aisco Stable01:35.0
1977AffiliateAngel Cordero, Jr.Lazaro S. BarreraHarbor View Farm01:35.2
1976Dance SpellRuben HernandezJames W. MaloneyChristiana Stable01:34.0
1960Rare RiceRay BroussardClyde TrouttAda L. Rice01:10.6
1959Crafty SkipperBobby UsseryLucien LaurinCharfran Stable01:09.6
1958LevelationPaul J. BaileyNo RecordWarner Stable01:10.8
1957PertshireTed AtkinsonHirsch JacobsEthel D. Jacobs01:11.2
1954Magic LampBill ShoemakerPreston M. BurchBrookmeade Stable01:50.0
1953SagittariusBennie GreenNot foundWinding Way Farm01:11.0
1952Tea-MakerHedley WoodhouseJ. Dallet ByersF. Ambrose Clark01:11.2
1951PietJim NicholsR. Emmitt PottsPeter A. Markey01:11.2
1950PietNick CombestR. Emmitt PottsPeter A. Markey01:11.2
1949PietChris RogersR. Emmitt PottsPeter A. Markey01:11.4
1948Royal BloodDouglas DodsonJames W. SmithMaine Chance Farm01:13.0
1947Jet PilotJohnny LongdenTom SmithMaine Chance Farm01:11.6
1946Bonnie BerylJames StoutJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud01:11.4
1946Blunt RemarkBasil JamesBuster MillerickFrank Frankel01:13.2
1945War JeepJohn H. AdamsTom SmithMaine Chance Farm01:11.4
1944DoublrabEddie ArcaroHarris BrownMrs. Tilyou Christopher01:11.4
1943OverdrawnSterling YoungNot foundDearborn Stable01:13.0
1942OverdrawnNick CouleBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.01:12.4
1941OverdrawnHerb LindbergBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.01:11.8
1940Wise BeeDon MeadeNo RecordWilliam H. Gallagher01:12.6
1939Fighting FoxJames StoutJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud01:12.0
1938ClodionNick WallWalter A. CarterWalter A. Carter01:12.2
1937WhopperHarry RichardsDuval A. HeadleyHal Price Headley01:11.6
1936SationJohn GilbertBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.01:10.8
1932HalcyonEarl SteffenThomas J. HealeyC. V. Whitney01:12.6
1931PanetianLinus McAteeA. Jack JoynerGeorge D. Widener, Jr.01:12.4
1930Judge SchillingFrank CatroneNo RecordRudolph Spreckels01:11.4
1929PolydorMack GarnerNo RecordWilliam Ziegler, Jr.01:11.8