Belmont Stakes Tips
The 2019 Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday 8th of June. Our tipsters share their free tips and predictions ahead of the final stake of the Triple Crown.
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The final event of the US horse racing version of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is regarded as the second-most prestigious thoroughbred race in the United Stakes after the Kentucky Derby. It is run every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes.
This race is actually the senior race of the three Triple Crown events, being first run in 1867. It has been held every year since with the exception of 1911 and 1912, when it was not held due to restrictions on gambling in New York.
The Test of the Champion
The Belmont Stakes has become known as the The Test of the Champion for two reasons. Firstly, horses that have already won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes still have it all to do if they are going to complete the Triple Crown.
Secondly, the race distance of one and a half miles is the longest race that most of the three-year-old competitors would have as yet raced.
Final Stage of the Triple Crown
The Belmont Stakes is the final hurdle in the USA version of the Triple Crown for horse racing. If a single horse manages to win all three races, then it is likely that they will be considered as the leading three-year-old horse in the USA, and possibly the world.
Only a handful of exceptional runners have achieved this incredible feat, the most recent being Justify who claimed the crown in 2018.
Owned by the New York Racing Association, Belmont Park first opened in 1905 and has hosted the Belmont Stakes since that year. Previously, the race was run at the Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx. Both the race and the Park are named in honour of the father of August Belmont Jr, an American Financier famed for paying for the original New York subway system.
Notable Belmont Stakes Winners
As with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the course record is held by Secretariat, possibly the fastest racehorse in US racing history. The horse set a time of two minutes and twenty-four seconds in his record-breaking Triple Crown win of 1973, winning the race by a staggering thirty-one lengths.
The most successful jockeys in the race have been Jim McLaughlin and Eddie Arcaro, each riding the winning horse on six occasions.