Belmont stakes – all information
Belmont stakes horse race is the oldest American thoroughbred’s races on the Triple Crown. The other two races are the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stake. It is held on the first or second Saturday in June .5 weeks after Kentucky Derby and three weeks after Preakness Stakes. It was inaugurated on 19th June 1867 on a flat dirt racetrack in a distance of 1 ½ miles for grade 1 stake race for 3year old colt and geldings carry a weight of 126 pounds and fillies carrying 121 pounds at Belmont Park in Elmont New York. It has returned to its length of 1.5 miles after being shortened in 2020 to 1.125 miles. Attendances have been capped to 11,000 spectators to comply with the New York Coronavirus report. The history of Triple Crown is central to American racing is written in Belmont stakes. Its nickname ‘The Test of the Champion’ or ‘The run for the Carnations’ is the traditional third and final leg of the Triple Crown. In 2021 it was held Saturday June 5th from 3-5p.m ET on It will be available of NBC TV and Stream at fuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, Youtube Live TV, Roku, Xbox One but you need cable login or sign up for subscription or free trial.
Among the 8 horses that competed on the Belmont Stakes, Essential Quality won the 153rd running beating runners up Hot Rod Charlie by length and half after the two were neck and neck in the final straightaway. Winner taking a purse of $1.5million in 2021.Essential Quality is a gray or roan colt owned by Godolphin Stables its training is overseen by trainer Brad Cox. It’s second in post position. It competed in Kentucky Derby and came forth, came first in the following competition: Toyota Blue Grass take Keen land, Southwest Stakes Oak lawn Park, TVG Breeders Cup Juvenile, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, and Maiden Special Weight. Hot Rod Charlie horse is based at Santa Anita trained by Doug O’ Neill owned by Boat Racing, Gain way Stable, Roadrunner Racing and William Strauss.
The following are the 8 horses that were competing and their odds in their finishing order of race 2021: Essential Quality 2-1, Hot Rot Charlie 7-2, Rombauer 3-1, Known Agenda 6-1, Bourbonic 15-1, Rock Your World 9-2, Overtook 20-1, and France Go De Ina 30-1. The odd 7-2 means that for every $2 invested the punter gets $7 profit in return. If you bet $2 the total return of the bet if successful will be $9.
Julie Krone has made history to be the first female jockey to win Triple Crown Race on 5th June 1993 and after twenty seven years she is still the only female jockey to win Belmont Stakes. Stephen Cauthe born in 1st May 1960 is a retired jockey and in 1977 he became the first jockey to win over US$6million in a year working with agent Lenny Goodman. In 1978 he became the youngest to win US Triple Crown at the age of 18. Famous jockey are part and parcel of horse racing. Measuring their success is by looking at their prize money, quality and quantity of horse races won. Bill Shoemaker has got 8,883 wins in Belmont races and earned US$123,375,524 and eleven wins in Triple Crown Race he retired after 41 years. He really was a great of all times.
Russell Baze is the best horse jockey of all time he has become first for 12,842 times, 7,855 on second position and 30,297 times on the top three. John Velazquez is the richest jockey having a earning of US$440,979,943. Charlotte Dujardin born in 13th July 1985 fame came from winning three Olympics having three gold medals as well as setting three world records in Belmont Stakes .He retired at the age of 14 but he continues to ride and train.
Each Triple Crown race has its own special meals and drinks. The official drink was changed from white Carnation to the Belmont Freeze which is a significant improvement over the undrinkable White Carnation in 2011.It changed to the current drink known as Belmont Jewel. The drink requires four ingredients bourbon, lemonade, pomegranate juice and lemon wedge. Belmont Jewel is a refreshing drink both sweet and summery. The meals at Belmont Stakes include American Farro Salad, Bacon bourbon Caramel Popcorn. In 1997 the official Belmont song changed from Sidewalks of New York to Theme from New York sung by Jay Zs, in 2010 it was changed to Empire State of Mind by Jasmine. Elegant attire has been long a tradition for Belmont Stakes. Official Belmont wears for men is the collared shirts, jackets are optional. Ladies suits, dresses, pant suits are recommended. Hat to shade for summer sun is iconic fashion for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and also for Belmont Stakes.