The Belmont Stakes: Expect the Unexpected

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Sep 7, 2016, 12:00:00 AM

In its 149-year history, to say the Belmont Stakes has seen a lot would be an understatement. Having first taken place in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx, the race was given its name as the track was financed by August Belmont Sr., a German-born politician.

In total, 23 horses have fallen at the last hurdle when trying to complete the Triple Crown, the most recent of which came in 2014 when California Chrome finished fourth. Of the 23, eight have finished second. Arguably the most dramatic of finishes came in 1978 when Affirmed pipped Alydar by a head to clinch the Triple Crown.

Just three fillies have won this race, with Ruthless winning the first ever running. Only 23 fillies have ever entered the final leg of the Triple Crown, giving them a respectable win percentage of 23%.

In 2004, crowds gathered en-masse to watch Triple Crownhopeful Smarty Jones get narrowly beaten by Birdsong, with a record attendance of 120,139 being set.  

What sets the Belmont Stakes apart from the other Triple Crown races is its level of unpredictability. Initially ran over a mile and five furlongs, the “Test of the Champion” as it is traditionally called due to its 1.5-mile length has seen just three favorites win in the past 25 years.


In 1973, the equine stars aligned for the imperious Secretariat. Perfection and obliteration soon followed. Smashing the field by an incredible 21-lenghts, as well as producing the fastest 1.5-miles on dirt in history (a record which still stands today no less), the performance is widely considered the greatest performance ever by a North American horse.

Just 12 horses have stood the test of time and completed the Triple Crown since it came to be in 1875. A total of 4,195 horses have been entered into the three Triple Crown races over that time. In 2017, become a part of history by witnessing it with our exclusive hospitality and access to the Belmont Stakes!


The Belmont Stakes has an ability to produce something that is simply unmatched. If history has taught us anything about the Belmont Stakes it is to expect the unexpected, experience moments that shape the course of a sports history. Make sure you are there in 2017 to witness history once again!

With Belmont Experiences, this true test of a champion gives guests the exclusive opportunity to enjoy luxurious in-track, climate-controlled hospitality setting in our Diamond Room featuring sweeping views of the track, gourmet food buffets, a premium open bar, and convenient betting windows.

Live entertainment, legendary jockey appearances, and big-screen televisions with full race day coverage will ensure that you’ll be in the most festive and exciting venue for the races and won’t miss a minute of the action! Your Belmont Stakes trip will be complete with a stay in the Grand Hyatt New York. This sleek and sophisticated New York City hotel is connected to the famed Grand Central Terminal and possesses arguably the best location amongst Manhattan’s luxury hotels. Its proximity to nearby Broadway theaters, 5th Avenue shopping, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and major museums ensures that guests are never more than a few steps from the charms of NYC.


Topics: Belmont Stakes

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