2019 Belmont Stakes by the Numbers

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Mike Smith and Justify after winning the 2018 Belmont Stakes to complete a Triple Crown sweep.
Mike Smith and Justify after winning the 2018 Belmont Stakes to complete a Triple Crown sweep. (Eclipse Sportswire)

There’s no Triple Crown on the line on Saturday, but as the third and final jewel of the Triple Crown the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets still commands respect. A win in the race is an important addition to any horse’s resume and 10 horses are set to compete for Grade 1 glory at Belmont Park.

Read on for some key Belmont Stakes facts and figures ahead of the race.

0 - The number of horses trainer Mark Casse has raced in the Belmont before. He’ll have War of Will and Sir Winston in this year’s race.

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

Creator wins the 2019 Belmont.
Creator (left) wins the 2019 Belmont. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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

2:24 - Secretariat's record time in the race, coming when he swept the Triple Crown in 1973.

3 - Sons of top sire Tapit have won the Belmont three times in the last five editions: Tonalist in 2014, Creator in 2016, and Tapwrit in 2017. Tapit’s sons Bourbon WarIntrepid Heart and Tacitus will compete in the race this year.

3 – Jockey Mike Smith has won the Belmont three times since 2010, including with Triple Crown winner Justify last year. He’ll ride Bourbon War on Saturday.

4 - The number of times the race has been decided by a nose, most recently when Creator defeated Destin in 2016.

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).

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, has won six editions of the race collectively: 1869 (Fenian), 1896 (Hastings), 1902 (Masterman), 1916 (Friar Rock), 1917 (Hourless), and 1983 (Caveat).

20% - The win percentage of Belmont favorites in the last 15 years. Just three have won: Triple Crown winners Justify (2018) and 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.

35 - The number of horses who have been odds-on in the Belmont betting. Fourteen of them have won, most recently Justify in 2018.

70-1 - The odds on Sarava when he won the 2002 Belmont, paying $142.50 for a $2 win ticket.

151st- This year’s race marks the 151st time the Belmont Stakes has been run.

$1,850 - Ruthless's share of the 1867 Belmont Stakes purse. The filly won the first-ever edition of the race. 

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 2019 Belmont Stakes. The winner will receive $800,000 of that.

$137,954,895 - Total dollars wagered on Belmont day 2018, the second highest amount in Belmont Stakes history. $72,702,815 of that was bet on the Belmont Stakes itself.

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