The Belmont Stakes is one of the most famous horse races of the entire year and takes place every June. The race is held at Belmont Park which is located in Elmont, New York and has been running since 1867. The race is one of the Grade 1 Stakes Races that runs every year and is solely for thoroughbred horses that are three years old. The types of horses allowed to run in the race are Colts, Geldings and Fillies and there are weight restrictions for each type of horse that need to be followed.
When the race initially started running in 1867 it took place at Jerome Park Racetrack which is in the Bronx. The race didn’t move until the Belmont Park opened in 1905 and the race has since remained at this venue. The race is 1.5 miles long and is truly a test of the horse’s endurance. It’s the final race counted towards the Triple Crown and is always one of the most watched horse races of the year.
Over the years many horses have had troubles maintaining speeds for the entire race, which is one complete lap around the racetrack at the Belmont Park. With most races being a shorter distance then the Belmont Stakes for three year old thoroughbreds it is usually the first time that the horse has had to run for such a long time. With that being said, if you’re going to wager on the Belmont Stakes you need to keep this in mind. Just because a horse has done well on short tracks doesn’t guarantee that they will have the stamina to run an entire 1.5 mile.
Often the jockey will play a huge role in the outcome of the Belmont Stakes. The reason the jockey plays such a huge role in this race is because they need to be able to keep the horse under control the entire race so that the horse has a final kick left in it for the final leg. The winner of the Belmont Stakes is always rewarded with a necklace made from carnations plus a nice purse although the jockey doesn’t receive the purse.
The Belmont Stakes is the oldest Triple Crown race and has also seen more changes then the other two Triple Crown races over the years. The theme song of the race has been changed numerous times and currently is “New York, New York”. The race has attracted millions of spectators over the years and every year the horse race is watched by millions of people on television.
Most online 888s will allow you to bet on the Belmont Stakes well in advance to the race which will give you lots of time to research the race. There are millions wagered on the race every year and you’ll often find a lot of horse racing cappers offering their tips in the weeks leading up to the event. If you’re in the New York area during early June then you’ll definitely want to check out the race if you love horses. The Belmont Stakes takes place on the first Saturday on or after June 5th every single year.