The first Belmont in the United States was not the
famous stakes race or even the man for whom it is named.
Rather, the first Belmont was a race horse that arrived
in California in 1853 from his breeding grounds of
Franklin, Ohio. The Belmont Stakes, however, are named
after August Belmont, a financier who made quite a name
and fortune for himself in New York politics and
society. Obviously, Mr. Belmont was also quite involved
in horse racing, and his imprint is even intertwined
within the history of the Kentucky Derby Betting.
Because of its length (one
lap around the enormous Belmont main track),
and because it is the final race of the Triple Crown Horse Betting, it
is called the "Test of the Champion". Most
three-year-olds are unaccustomed to the distance, and
lack the experience, if not the ability, to maintain a
winning speed for so long. In a long race such as the
Belmont, positioning of the horse and the timing of the
move to chase for the lead can be critical.
Because of its distance and status as the race that can
make or break a Triple Crown champion, the Belmont
Stakes has been the venue for some of the most famous
moments in American racing. casino
More Belmont Stakes and Belmont Stake Contenders
2016 Belmont Stakes
Te 148th running of the Belmont Stakes is in the books. The third leg of the Triple Crown ended in dramatic fashion. Nyquist took the Kentucky Derby while while Exaggerator took the Preakness. On Saturday, Creator won by a nose.
Hanging back for almost the entire race, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. kicked his horse into high gear for a thrilling finish. Creator chased down Destin in the final straight stretch in what became a two-horse race and only edged him as they were crossing the finish line.
2015 Belmont Stakes
American Pharoah is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown
and the Breeder's Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the "Grand Slam" of
American horse racing.
He was voted the 2015 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and the 2015 Eclipse Award Champion three-year-old.
He now stands a stud at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
2014 Belmont Stakes
The winner of the 2014 Belmont Stakes is Tonalist.
California Chrome had a chance to complete the third leg of the Triple Crown after his victories in the 2014
Kentucky Derby and the 2014 Preakness Stakes. However it was Tonalist who won the race.
2013 Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes was the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes,
the third jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
For the third consecutive year, the race was run without the Triple Crown
being at stake as 2013 Kentucky Derby Winner Orb was defeated in the
2013 Preakness Stakes by Oxbow.
The race was won by Palace Malice in 2:30.70. Oxbow finished second
and Orb third.