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
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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:

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Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014
Mr Speaker
Jose Lezcano
C. R. McGaughey III
Phipps Stable
02:01.1
2013
Up With the Birds
Cornelio Velasquez
Malcolm Pierce
Sam-Son Farms
01:48.7
2012
King David
Rosie Napravnik
Michael J. Maker
Scarlet Stable
01:52.9
2011
Western Aristocrat
Corey Nakatani
Jeremy Noseda
Vinery Stables
01:50.3
2010
Prince Will I Am
Jose Lezcano
Michelle Nihei
Casa Farms
01:50.1
2009
Take the Points
Edgar Prado
Todd Pletcher
Starlight Partners
01:48.5
2008
Court Vision
Ramon Dominguez
William I. Mott
IEAH Stables/WinStar
01:49.8
2007
Nobiz Like Shobiz
Javier Castellano
Barclay Tagg
Elizabeth Valando
01:46.8
2006
Showing Up
Cornelio Velasquez
Barclay Tagg
Lael Stable
01:47.8
2005
Watchmon
Javier Castellano
Pat Reynolds
Paul Pompa, Jr.
01:49.3