In the previous 143 runnings of the Belmont Stakes, only 22 fillies have competed, the last being Rags to Richest (2007), who won the race. She became the third filly to win the Belmont. The other two were Tanya (1905) and Ruthless (1867).
Horses went directly from paddock to post until the "post parade" was introduced to American racing in the 1880 Belmont Stakes.
First Run Counter-Clockwise in 1921
Grey Lag's 1921 Belmont was the first running of this prestigious classic to be run in the counter-clockwise custom of American racing. Previous editions of the Belmont Stakes were run clockwise in accordance with the English custom.
BELMONT STAKES PERMANENT TROPHY
The Belmont Stakes trophy is a Tiffany-made silver bowl, supported by three horses representing the three foundation thoroughbreds - Eclipse, Herod and Matchem. The bowl, with cover, is 18 inches high, 15 inches across and 14 inches at the base. The trophy is a solid silver bowl, originally crafted by Tiffany's, and was presented by the Belmont family as a perpetual award for the Belmont Stakes in 1926.
The owner of the Belmont Stakes winner receives a trophy designed to resemble the permanent trophy. A smaller version is presented to the winning trainer and jockey, while mementos are provided to the exercise rider and groom.
WHITE CARNATIONS - THE OFFICIAL BELMONT STAKES FLOWER
The white carnation is the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes. The blanket requires approximately 350 carnations, glued to green velveteen spread and weighs between 30 and 40 pounds. The flowers are shipped from California or Bogota, Columbia.
KENTUCKY DERBY & PREAKNESS STAKES VIDEO REPLAYS
Race Recall, located in the 2nd Floor Grandstand and Clubhouse, will offer video replays of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. NYRA replays are always available on Race Recall.
BELMONT STAKES LEADING TRAINER AND JOCKEY
Jockeys Eddie Arcaro and James McLaughlin each rode six Belmont Stakes winners, while James Rowe registered 10 Belmont victories. Rowe won the Belmont a record eight times as a trainer and twice as a jockey (1872-73).
Fastest Belmont Stakes
Secretariat's 1973 Belmont Stakes victory still stands as the track and world record for the mile and one-half distance at 2:24. The second-fastest clocking is shared by Easy Goer (1989) and A. P. Indy (1992) at 2:26, while Risen Star (1988) and Point Given (2001) hold the fourth-fastest time at 2:26 2/5.
BELMONT BETTING FAVORITES
Betting favorites have won 59 of the previous 134 editions (44 percent) of the Belmont Stakes. Odds-on favorites are a less productive 12-for-33 in the Belmont and the last five were defeated. The last odds-on favorite to win the Belmont was the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978.
BELMONT STAKES HIGHS AND LOWS
The highest-priced Belmont Stakes winner was Sarava ($142.50) in 2002. The lowest $2 win mutuel was Triple Crown winner Count Fleet ($2.10) in 1943. The largest field for the Belmont Stakes was 15 in 1983 and the smallest was two in 1887, 1888, 1892, 1910 and 1920. The second largest field was 14 in 1996 (Editor's Note) and 1875 (Calvin)
The widest margin of victory was Secretariat's 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. The smallest margin was a nose by Granville (1936), Jaipur (1962) and Victory Gallop (1998).
RECORD ATTENDANCE & HANDLE
The 2002 Belmont Stakes set the precedent for horse racing in New York with a record attendance of 103,222. Additional high attendance marks are: 85,818 in 1999 (Lemon Drop Kid denies Charismatic the Triple Crown); 82,694 in 1971 (Pass Catcher denies Canonero II the Triple Crown); and 80,162 in 1998 (Victory Gallop denies Real Quiet the Triple Crown).
New wagering records were established for the Belmont Stakes: the on-track handle was $3,753,983; the total commingled handle was $51,292,575; and the all-sources handle was a record $54,503,406. Belmont Stakes Day handles were also huge, although they did not eclipse the record Breeders' Cup marks.
Belmont Stakes Day, June 8, 2002, produced an on-track handle of $12,045,114, a commingled handle of $90,703,830 and a total handle from all sources of $95,443,037. (The 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships produced an on-track handle of $13,087,814, a commingled handle or $98,757,581 and a total handle from all sources of $103,257,457.)
WORTHLESS HANDICAPPING TRIVIA? - YOU DECIDE
The letter "C" still leads the letter "S" in the Belmont Stakes alphabet race, despite the 2002 victory by Sarava. The following letters have never won the Belmont Stakes - U, X and Y. The tally is now 20-18 out of the 135 Belmont Stakes winners. Chestnut is the top color of Belmont winners, 54-50, over Bay winners.