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Belmont Stakes - Horse Racing: All You Need to Know

The 2022 Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday 11th June at Belmont Park in New York and is the third and final leg of America's Triple Crown, following the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

The Belmont, dubbed 'The Test of Champions' or 'The Run for the Carnations', is the traditional third and final leg of the Triple Crown and takes place in mid-June each year.

The increased distance compared to the opening two legs means the Belmont is the ultimate three-year-old test of stamina for the Classic generation in the United States.

When is the Belmont Stakes?

The Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday 11th June 2022 and will be the 154th running of the great race. The scheduled post-time for the Belmont Stakes is 23:44 UK.

Where is the Belmont Stakes?

The 'Run for the Carnations' takes place at Belmont Racecourse in Elmont, Nassau County in the state of New York. With its large, wide, sweeping turns and the long home stretch, Belmont Park is widely regarded as being one of the fairest tracks in the United States.

The Belmont Stakes is run over a mile-and-a-half distance, one full lap of the left-handed dirt track. The prize fund for the 2022 Belmont Stakes is forecast to be $1.5million.

Where can I watch the Belmont Stakes?

The Belmont Stakes will be shown live on Sky Sports Racing in the UK, while punters can also catch the action from New York via our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Who is the most successful Belmont Stakes trainer?

The record is held by James G. Rowe Sr. (1883, 1884, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1913), who trained eight Belmont Stakes winners in and around the turn of the 19th century, including when the race was run at Morris Park in Westchester, NY.

Of those engaged in the 2022 renewal, Todd Pletcher (2007, 2013, 2017) has fared best with three wins.

European raiders in the Belmont Stakes are few and far between. Irish trainer Dermot Weld won with Go And Go in 1990, ridden by Mick Kinane - and that remains the most recent success for any UK or Ireland-based handler.

Who is the most successful Belmont Stakes jockey?

The record for winning rides is jointly held by Jim McLaughlin (1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888) and Eddie Arcaro (1941, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1955) with six wins each.

Since the year 2000, Mike Smith (2010, 2013, 2018) has done best with three wins, with John Velazquez (2007, 2012) winning twice.

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Which horse ran the fastest ever Belmont Stakes?

The race has been run at different distances, most recently in 2020 when the race was run as the first leg of the Triple Crown due to the pandemic as Tiz The Law won.

However, for records, 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat stands tall, posting a time of 2:24:00 in his Belmont won as he thrashed the field by a massive 31-lengths.

Secretariat also holds the fastest half-mile-, three-quarter-mile, mile, and mile-and-a-quarter fractions in Belmont history, so dominant was his display.

What is the greatest Belmont Stakes upset?

That honour is reserved for 2002 winner Sarava, trained by Kenny McPeek and ridden by Edgar Prado. He was sent off a rank-outsider at 70/1 for the Belmont as Bob Baffert's War Emblem was hotly-fancied to complete the Triple Crown.

The favourite stumbled leaving the gates, essentially losing all chance, leaving Sarava to run down Medaglia d'Oro in the home stretch for a massive upset.

Who has won the Belmont Stakes most recently?

YearWinnerJockeyTrainer
2012Union Rags

John Velazquez

Michael Matz

2013Palace MaliceMike Smith

Todd Pletcher

2014TonalistJoel Rosario

Christophe Clement

2015American Pharoah

Victor Espinoza

Bob Baffert

2016Creator

Irad Ortiz Jr

Steve Asmussen

2017Tapwrit

Jose Ortiz

Todd Pletcher

2018JustifyMike Smith

Bob Baffert

2019Sir WinstonJoel Rosario

Mark Casse

2020Tiz The LawManny Franco

Barclay Tagg

2021Essential QualityLuis Saez

Brad Cox

Who are the fancied horses in the 2022 Belmont Stakes?

Connections of Rich Strike caused quite a stir in opting to skip the Preakness on the back of winning the Kentucky Derby, thus ensuring there was no Triple Crown attempt.

However, the daring last-to-first winner of the Churchill Downs Classic is priced at 4/1 for the Belmont and trainer Eric Reed has indicated he will be in New York.

Mo Donegal won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial earlier in the season for Todd Pletcher and rider Irad Ortiz Jr and is 9/4 for the Belmont after finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby last out.

We The People for trainer Rodolphe Brisset at odds of 7/2 is also towards the front of the market and he was last spotted winning the Peter Pan Stakes at Pimlico on 22nd May.

The likes of Creative Minister at 13/2 for Kenny McPeek and Kentucky Derby sixth Barber Road at 12/1 for John Ortiz are capable of making their mark in the Belmont, while the only filly in the mix is Nest at 8/1.

She was second in the Kentucky Oaks last month and gives trainer Pletcher a strong second string to his bow in pursuit of a fourth Belmont Stakes success.

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