The Belmont Stakes is the final leg of the Triple Crown and the resting place of attempts to capture all three of these prestigious events. As a result, the Belmont has earned the nickname “The Test of the Champion”, as the entire field gets a final chance to deny the crown to winners of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. In fact a total of 23 have won the first two legs of the triple crown before faltering at the Belmont.
Part of the difficulty is the length of this race. At 1 1/2 miles on the dirt track, the Belmont tests the endurance of even the most formidable race horses, most of whom cannot rely solely on raw speed to win. The purse of this Grade One race is $1.5 million, with $800,000 going to the winner. This race takes place at
Similar to the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes is an historic event that started during the 19th century. Since its inception in 1867, this competition has taken place every year with the exception of 1911 and 1912 when the state of New York briefly banned gambling activities such as horse racing.
Belmont Stakes Betting Sites
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Belmont Stakes Winners
Considering the number of horses who have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, it’s always a risky proposition to bet on a horse to complete the feat at the Belmont STakes. 2014 provided a fine example of this axiom, as heavy 3-5 favorite California Chrome faded to finish fourth behind Tonalist at 8-1 and Commissioner and Medal Count at 20-1. American Pharoah proved the exception to the rule, completing his sweep of the Triple Crown in 2015, becoming the first since Affirmed in 1978 to do so.
Only nine foreign horses have won the Belmont Stakes, with Canadian thoroughbred Victory Gallop becoming the last non-U.S. winner in 1998. Filly winners are also rare at the Belmont. In 2007, Rags to Riches became the first filly to win in over a century, the previous being Tanya in 1905.
Secretariat, king of Triple Crown races, holds the speed record for all three events. In 1973, he flew across the finish line 31 lengths ahead of the competition, finishing with a time of 2:24.00. The next fastest time belongs to Easy Goer, who finished a full two seconds behind Secretariat in 1989.
Belmont Stakes 2017
The Belmont Stakes is scheduled to be run on Saturday, June 10 at Belmont Park. The third leg of the Triple Crown lost some star power before entries were drawn when it was announced that Classic Empire, the juvenile champion and runner-up in the Preakness Stakes, would be sidelined with a hoof abscess.
With the defection of Classic Empire and the fact that neither the Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming, or the Preakness winner, Cloud Computing, would be competing, the Belmont Stakes has shaped up to be incredibly wide open and competitive. By default, Irish War Cry has inherited the favoritism at odds of 7-2 in the field of twelve colts and geldings.
Irish War Cry, trained by Graham Motion, turned in a disappointing effort in the Kentucky Derby. If that race can be forgiven, it is worth looking at his victory two starts back in the Wood Memorial.
Gormley is another contender who will be trying to rebound and show he is better than his race at the Kentucky Derby indicated. This colt has never been the model of consistency but he has hinted at some real talent along the way. He has the look of a horse who physically needed some time to grow up and the break between the Kentucky Derby and Belmont offered him exactly that.
Another interesting contender is Epicharis who will be making his first domestic start. He has been freshened since finishing second behind the now-infamous Thunder Snow in the UAE Derby after racing primarily in Japan. While this colt does not have quite the personality that Lani, last year’s Japanese invader had, he has been professional since shipping to Belmont and has the stamina in his pedigree to truly excel at the mile and a half distance.
Here is the field for the 2017 Belmont Stakes along with morning line odds
1. Twisted Tom, 20-1
2. Tapwrit, 6-1
3. Gormley, 8-1
4. J Boys Echo, 15-1
5. Hollywood Handsome, 30-1
6. Lookin at Lee, 5-1
7. Irish War Cry, 7-2
8. Senior Investment, 12-1
9. Meantime, 15-1
10. Multiplier, 15-1
11. Epicharis, 5-1
12. Patch, 12-1
- #7 Irish War Cry
- #3 Gormley
- #12 Patch
- #11 Epicharis