Eddie Arcaro
The rider with the best winning percentage in the Belmont Stakes is Bill Shoemaker, who won with five of his 11 mounts (.454) including Gallant Man (1957), Sword Dancer (1959) and Damascus (1967). Eddie Arcaro leads all jockeys with six winners in 22 starts, while Edgar Prado is the only active rider with more than one Belmont victory, winning in 2002 aboard Sarava (ending War Emblem’s Triple Crown try) and in 2004 aboard Birdstone (spoiling Smarty Jones’s Triple Crown bid).


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