Belmont Stakes Basics
Belmont Park Elmont, New York, USA
Distance: 1 1/2 miles (12 furlongs)
Track: Dirt, Left-handed
Weight: Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lbs. (54.9 kg)
Purse: US $1 million, 1st $600,000
Number of Horses In Race
The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the “Triple Crown.” The race takes place exactly five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. It’s always run on a Saturday and the attention of this race grows if a horse wins the first two legs of the “Triple Crown.”
Tapwrit claimed the Belmont Stakes in 2017 at 6/1 odds, ridden by jockey Jose Ortiz. Trainer Todd Pletcher wound up in the winner's circle at the Belmont Stakes for the third time in his career. Check out all the past winners of the Belmont Stakes here.
The odds for the Belmont Stakes are created by NYRA oddsmaker Eric Donovan. The official morning-line odds are announced after the post positions for the field have been set, which is normally announced on Wednesday before Saturday's race. Prior to the draw, gamblers can check out fixed odds at various betting shops.
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The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes watched Tapwrit capture the victory by two lengths. Favorite Irish War Cry came in second place while Patch captured third and Gormley was fourth.
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