The Winningest Trainers in Belmont Stakes History

Posted by Evan Chronis on Oct 4, 2019 3:30:00 PM

It may be unseen to the public eye, but the hours that a trainer puts in with a horse are what separates contenders from champions. 

While a jockey can lead a horse to victory, it's the work of a trainer to make sure the steed is ready from the moment it makes its approach to the starting gate. 

Read: Winningest Jockeys in Belmont Stakes History

Over the 151 iterations of the Belmont Stakes, we've seen a plethora of legendary trainers bring their horses to Belmont Park, but only a few have found victory multiple times at the third leg of the Triple Crown™. 

In honor of the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes taking place on June 6, 2020, we're looking at the winningest trainers in the history of the race. 

Belmont Stakes Winningest Trainers

Belmont Stakes Winningest Trainers

TRAINER BELMONT STAKES WINS YEARS WON HORSES
James Rowe 8 1883, 1884, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1913 George Kinney ('83), Panique ('84), Commando ('01), Delhi ('04), Peter Pan ('07), Colin ('08), Sweep ('10), Prince Eugene ('13)
Sam Hildreth 7 1899, 1909, 1916, 1917, 1921, 1923, 1924 Jean Bereaud ('99), Joe Madden ('09), Friar Rock ('16), Hourless ('17), Grey Lag ('21), Zev ('23), Mad Play ('24)
Jim Fitzsimmons  6 1930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1955 Gallant Fox ('30), Faireno ('32), Omaha ('35), Granville ('36), Johnstown ('39), Nashua ('55)
Woody Stephens 5 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 Conquistador Cielo ('82), Caveat ('83), Swale ('84), Creme Fraiche ('85), Danzig Connection ('86)

Max Hirsch

4 1928, 1946, 1950, 1954 Vito ('28), Assault ('46), Middleground ('50), High Gun ('54)
D. Wayne Lukas 4 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000 Tabasco Cat ('94), Thunder Gulch ('95), Editor's Note ('96), Commendable ('00)

R.W. Walden

4 1878, 1880, 1881, 1898 Duke of Magenta ('78), Grenada ('80), Saunterer ('81), Bowling Brook ('98)

Elliott Burch

3 1959, 1964, 1969 Sword Dancer ('59), Quadrangle ('64), Arts and Letters ('69)

John M. Gaver

3 1942, 1949, 1968 Shut Out ('42), Capot ('49), Stage Door Johnny ('68)

Bob Baffert

3 2001, 2015, 2018 Point Given ('01), American Pharoah ('15), Justify ('18)

Todd Pletcher

3 2007, 2013, 2017 Rags to Riches ('07), Palace Malice ('13), Tapwrit ('17)

Lucien Laurin

3 1966, 1972, 1973 Amberoid ('66), Riva Ridge ('72), Secretariat ('73)

Frank McCabe

3 1886, 1887, 1888 Inspector B. ('86), Hanover ('87), Sir Dixon ('88)

David McDaniel

3 1871, 1872, 1873 Harry Bassett ('71), Joe Daniels ('72), Springbok ('73)

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