The American Triple Crown is a unique event that has only been won thirteen times in history, beginning with the Kentucky Derby over 1¼ miles in early May, the Preakness Stakes over half-a-furlong less just two weeks later and finally in early June this race, the mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes.
The final leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park has been known as a graveyard as many have come having landed the first two races only to come undone around ‘Big Sandy’, the
biggest, widest and deepest dirt track around.
Naturally a Grade I race, the Belmont has been on the schedule since 1867 and is known as the Run for the Carnations, usually carrying a purse of around $1.5million.
The quickest Belmont ever was taken by Secretariat, a Triple Crown winner as were Sir Barton, Gallant Fox, Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Assault, Citation, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, American Pharoah and in 2018, Justify. Other great standalone winners of the Belmont include Lemon Drop Kid, Empire Maker and Point Given.