What is the Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the “Triple Crown.”
The race takes place at Belmont Park from Elmont, New York in the United States and features the top three-year-old horses in the world.
Due to the global 'coronavirus' pandemic, the 2020 Belmont Stakes has been rescheduled and will be run on Saturday, June 20 in New York without fans and serve as the opening leg of horse racing's Triple Crown for the first time in the sport's history.
Normally, the race takes place exactly five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes.
The 2020 installment will be 1 1/8 miles instead of the 1 1/2-mile ''test of the champion'' that has been the race's trademark for almost a century.
What is the Triple Crown?
Many say horse racing’s Triple Crown is the toughest feat in all of sports. When you think about it, winning three races at three different tracks at three different distances in five weeks seems to be truly impossible.
First stop, Kentucky. Save a few instances where a horse ships in from overseas, no three-year-old has carried 126 pounds or raced past 1 1/8 miles. Now they have to carry that impost and navigate the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles. Throw in the University of Louisville Marching Band playing “My Old Kentucky Home” with easily over 120,000 screaming, mostly drunk, fans singing along, and you have yourself the Kentucky Derby. Physical and mental toughness are an absolute must.
If you manage to win the Roses, it’s off to Baltimore where you get to cut back in distance to 1 3/16 miles and go from a Churchill Downs course that plays fairly even to a sometimes speed-biased Pimlico course that can be tricky at times, to say the least. There certainly isn’t as much fanfare, there are still plenty of drunks though, but with just two weeks and a 500-mile trip in between starts, there is still plenty to deal with.
Should you grab the first two jewels, the “Test of the Champion” awaits. You get three weeks between starts this time and less of a van ride but all 1 ½ miles of Big Sandy awaits. Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens once made me walk around the track at Belmont, stopped me at the quarter pole and said” imagine having done all of that (everything I’ve already mentioned) and still having to do this.” To me, it seemed like the wire was a world away.
It’s astonishing that 13 have already done it, in some shape or form.
Triple Crown Champions
After waiting 25 years for a Triple Crown winner, horse racing fans were spoiled in the 1970s by the time Affirmed became the eleventh horse to do it when he captured the Triple Crown with a heart-stopping victory over Alydar in the 1978 Belmont Stakes. After all, Secretariat did it spectacularly in 1973, the first since Citation back in 1948 and Seattle Slew completed the sweep in style, managing to stay undefeated through the 1977 “Test of the Champion.”
Little did they know, 37 years would come and go without another accomplishing the feat, until American Pharoah was finally the one in 2015 for Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert, who’ll try to do it again with the undefeated Justify on Saturday, June 9.
Just a few years later in 2018, Justify captured the Triple Crown. Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice, joining James ''Sunny Jim'' Fitzsimmons, who guided Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.
For horse racing bettors wondering -- dating back to 1932, 23 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before coming to the Big Apple to get their proverbial clocks cleaned, 14 of them since Affirmed alone. One of them, I'll Have Another back in 2012, didn't even make it to the starting gate as he was scratched the day before the event with a nagging tendon injury.
Belmont Stakes Betting Information
Race LocationBelmont Park, Elmont, New York, USA
The field is limited to 20 horses.
How do I bet on the Belmont Stakes?
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2020 Belmont Stakes
|2020 Belmont Stakes Odds|
Sir Winston claimed the Belmont Stakes in 2019 at 10/1 odds, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario. Trainer Mark Casse wound up in the winner's circle at the Belmont Stakes for the first time in his career. The colt won by 1 length and finished 2:28:30. Joel Rosario was the winning jockey and Mark Casse was the trainer. It was the second Belmont win for Rosario while it was the first for Casse.
The 151st running of the Belmont Stakes watched Sir Winston capture the victory in the final leg of the Triple Crown. The favorite, Tacitus, rallied for second while Joevia finished third and Tax was fourth.
|151st BELMONT STAKES RESULTS|
Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta Resuts:
$2 Exacta 7-10 paid $192
$2 Trifecta 7-10-1 paid $2,488
$2 Superfecta 7-10-1-4 paid $20,856
If you are interested in betting the 2020 Belmont Stakes, there is something that you should be aware of. Online horse racing betting is not legal in all states within the United States but our list below will show you the ones that have legalized it.