Belmont Stakes by the Numbers

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Fans gather around the paddock at the 2015 Belmont Stakes, in which American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Belmont Stakes is just a few days away, and even though there’s no Triple Crown on the line, the Belmont Park mainstay is still one of the most important races of the year. Learn more below about the facts and figures surrounding the longest and oldest Triple Crown race.

1 ½ miles - The distance of the Belmont Stakes.

Statue of Secretariat at Belmont Park. (Eclipse Sportswire)

2:24 - Record time for the race, set by Secretariat in 1973.

2 - The number of wins by offspring of sire Tapit in the last three runnings: Creator (2016) and Tonalist (2014). His sons Lani (3rd, 2016) and Frosted (2nd, 2015) also finished in the money, and his son Tapwrit is slated to compete this year.

$2.10 - The win payout on a $2 bet when Count Fleet won the 1943 Belmont. It’s the smallest ever in the race.

3 - The number of times jockey Gary Stevens won the race between 1995 and 2001, aboard Thunder Gulch (1995), Victory Gallop (1998) and Point Given (2001).

4 - The number of Belmont winners who later sired two Belmont winners: Commando, Gallant Fox, Count Fleet and Seattle Slew.

6 - The record-tying number of wins by owner Belair Stud, including two Triple Crown sweeps with Gallant Fox and Omaha. James R. Keene also won the race six times as an owner.

6 - The number of times the Belmont Stakes was run at Aqueduct, from 1963 through 1968, while Belmont Park was being rebuilt.

10 - The number of Belmont wins by James Rowe, who captured eight of his wins as a trainer between 1883 and 1913 and two of his wins as a jockey in 1872 and 1873.

31 lengths - The jaw-dropping margin of victory in 1973 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown, a record.

Epicharis (Chelsea Durand/NYRA)

$142.50 - Record win payout on a $2 bet, occurring when 70-1 shot Sarava won the 2002 edition.

149th - This year is the 149th Belmont Stakes. It was first run in 1867.

1983 - The only time a record field of 15 ran in the race, when Caveat won.

1998 - The last time a horse bred outside the United States won the Belmont, when Canada-bred Victory Gallop won. Japan-bred Epicharis will try this year.

$2,500 - Total purse of the first running of the Belmont.

120,139 - Record attendance at the 2004 Belmont Stakes, when Smarty Jones finished second to Birdstone in his Triple Crown try.

$1.5 million - The purse of the 2017 Belmont Stakes.

$150,249,399 - Total amount bet on Belmont day 2014, a record.

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