Belmont Fun Facts (05/28/14)

John Ewing, Director of Research and Analytics, @johnewing
Fun facts about the Belmont Stakes in the lead up to the third race of the Triple Crown.

As California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, prepares for the final leg of the Triple Crown, we look at some fun facts you may not know about the Belmont Stakes.

Be sure to check back later this week for's full Belmont Analysis.

Fun Facts

  • The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races, pre-dating the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes by eight and six years respectively.
  • Known as “The Test of Champions,” the Belmont is the final race of the Triple Crown, the longest at 1 1/2 miles.
  • The Belmont Stakes is also known as “Run for the Carnations” because the winning horse wears a blanket of white carnations, which takes about ten hours to make.
  • The winner's trophy is constructed of four horses. On top is Fenian, the winner of the third running of the Belmont Stakes in 1869. The three horses that support the trophy represent the three Foundation Sires of Thoroughbreds: the Byerly Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Barb.
  • Despite being the oldest of the Triple Crown races, the Belmont's traditions have been subject to change: the theme song was altered from “The Sidewalks of New York” to “New York, New York” to “Empire State of Mind” before reverting back to “New York, New York”. Even the official drink has been transformed from the “White Carnation” to the “Belmont Breeze”.

Since Affirmed, thirteen horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, California Chrome is the latest colt to attempt a sweep of the famed race series. Check back later this week as we present our full Belmont Analysis with Pace Figures and Form Cycle Patterns.


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