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.
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 - 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 War, Intrepid 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 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.