Belmont Stakes Legends

Below are some facts and figures regarding this great race, which point out many of those legends that has made the “Race For The Carnations” one of the greatest sporting events in the USA


Probably the most talked about victory in the Belmont Stakes history was the run away victory of Secretariat in 1973. This incredible colt, not only won the race in the record time of 2min 24 seconds, his 31 length win is also longest ever margin of victory in the history of US Grade One racing. By winning in 1973, Secretariat became the 11th horse to win the Triple Crown.

Top Trainers

The following is the list of the most successful trainers in the Belmont Stakes.

  • 8 Wins – James G Rowe
  • 7 Wins – Sam Hildreth
  • 6 Wins – Jim Fitzsimmons
  • 5 Wins – Woody Stephens (all consecutive wins between 1982-86)
  • 4 Wins – Max Hirsch, Darrell Wayne-Lukas, Robert Wyndham-Walden.

Top Jockeys

Below is listed those top jockeys who have earned legendary status by the number of wins they have had in this Race For The Carnations.

  • 6 Wins - Jim McLaughlin, Eddie Arcaro
  • 5 Wins - Earl Sande, Bill Shoemaker
  • 3 Wins - Braulio Baeza, Pat Day, Laffit Pincay, James Stout, Gary Stevens

Miscellaneous Records

Below are some other noteworthy historical records.

  • There have been two men, James Rowe and George Odem who have won the race both as a jockey and a trainer.
  • Julie Krone became the first female jockey to ride the winner of the belmont Stakes, when she rode Colonial Affair to victory in 1993.
  • In 1984, Sarah Lundy was the first female trainer of a Belmont Stakes runner. However to date a woman has yet to traine the winner.
  • Irish trainer, Dermot Weld is the last trainer from either Ireland or the UK to train a Belmont Stakes winner. He trained Go And Go to success with Mick Kinane on board in 1990.

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