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Belmont Stakes Race information. The Belmont stakes is the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown.

 

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Belmont Stakes Race

The Belmont Stakes horse race is the oldest of all the Triple Crown events. The Belmont was first run in 1867 on a Thursday. The Preakness race began in 1873 and the Kentucky Derby in 1875. The first Belmont Stakes race was 1 and 5/8s of a mile long. The race conditions included $200 for each owner with $1500 additional for the winner. The second-placed horse would receive $300 and with this, a top-of-the-range racing saddle.

About the Race

The race is held every year in June and takes place at Belmont Park, New York. The race is one and a half miles long, and only three-year-old thoroughbred horses are allowed to take part. This is the final race of the United States Triple Crown event. It takes place after the Derby and the stakes. Typically, the attendance for the race is the second highest in the United States, trailing only to the derby.

Traditions

The Belmont Stakes Race has been called the Run for the Carnations and The Test of Champions. The winning horse receives a blanket of white carnations. Up until the mid 90ís, the parade song was Sidewalks of New York. The theme from New York, New York became the song until 2009. In 2010, they changed once again to Empire State of Mind by Jay Z and Alicia Keys. These changes of the song have been an attempt to try and appeal to a younger crowd, even though the chances of this actually working are minimal.

The Belmont Stakes Race, as the oldest of all three of the Triple Crown races has seen several tradition changes over the years besides the song. One of the other changes was the drink of choice, which is now the Belmont Breeze rather than the White Carnation.

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