Inside the Numbers: 2018 Belmont Stakes

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Tapwrit, in 2017, became the third Belmont Stakes winner in four years sired by leading sire Tapit. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Belmont Stakes isn’t just the third jewel of the Triple Crown, it is one of the oldest and most storied races in the country. Read up on the Belmont Stakes facts and figures before Justify races for history on Saturday at Belmont Park.

1 ½ miles - The distance of the Belmont Stakes. It is the longest of the three Triple Crown races.

$2.10 - The smallest win payout ever in the race, coming when Count Fleet captured the Triple Crown in 1943.

2:24 - The fastest time the race has ever been completed in, when Secretariat won in 1973.

3 - Sons of top sire Tapit have won the Belmont three times in the last four years: Tonalist in 2014, Creator in 2016, and Tapwrit in 2017. Tapit’s son Hofburg will compete in the race this year.

3 - The number of times the race has been decided by a nose, most recently when Victory Gallop denied Real Quiet the Triple Crown in 1998.

4th - First run in 1867, the Belmont is the fourth-oldest stakes race on the continent, behind only the Phoenix Stakes (1831), Queen’s Plate (1860), and Travers (1864).

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Lukas (Eclipse Sportswire)

4 - The number of Belmont Stakes wins by D. Wayne Lukas, the most of any active trainer. He’ll try to spoil Justify’s Triple Crown bid with Preakness runner-up Bravazo this year.

5 - The number of times the Belmont Stakes was run at Aqueduct, from 1963 through 1967, while Belmont Park was being rebuilt.

6 - The Belmont family, for whom the track and race are named, have won six editions of the race collectively: 1869 (Fenian), 1896 (Hastings), 1902 (Masterman), 1916 (Friar Rock),1917 (Hourless), and 1983 (Caveat).

13.3% - The win percentage of Belmont favorites in the last 15 years. Just two have won: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015) and Afleet Alex (2005).

20 - The number of horses who lost the Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line. California Chrome was the last to fail, in 2014.

31 lengths - Secretariat’s remarkable winning margin in the 1973 Belmont Stakes, a record. It’s commemorated with a blue and white checkered pole 31 lengths from the finish line at Belmont Park.

34 - The number of horses who have been odds-on in the Belmont betting. Thirteen of them have won.

$142.50 - The biggest $2 win payout ever in the race, when Sarava won at odds of 70-1 in 2002.

150th - This year’s race marks the 150th time the Belmont Stakes has been run.

$1,850 - The winner’s share of the first-ever Belmont Stakes in 1867, won by the filly Ruthless.

1993 - The first (and only) time a female jockey has won the race. Julie Krone guided Colonial Affair to victory. Just one other female jockey has ridden in the race, the now-retired Rosie Napravnik.

120,139 - Record attendance at the Belmont for Smarty Jones’ failed 2004 Triple Crown attempt. Attendance was capped at 90,000 starting in 2015 to ensure a good customer experience.

$1,500,000 - Purse for the 2018 Belmont Stakes. The winner will receive $800,000 of that.

$150,249,399 - Total dollars wagered on Belmont day 2014, a record. $83,054,106 of that was bet on the Belmont Stakes itself.

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