A Fight to the Finish
Riding the Belmont Stakes is unlike riding any other race in the world.

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A Front Row Seat to History
By five o’clock in the afternoon of June 5, 1971, on a bright, brilliantly sunny day across Long Island, a record crowd of 81,036 souls, the largest ever to see a horse race in New York...

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A Magnificent Obsession
Nick Zito has been a key player in the Belmont Stakes for 25 years.

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An Empire Classic
Triple Crown Winner Gallant Fox was the pride of New York.

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A Remarkable Life
In 1919, Sir Barton set the standard for the Triple Crown.

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A Timeless Tale of Valor
The plaque sits inconspicuously on a large rock between the clubhouse and the racing secretary’s office at Belmont Park, largely unnoticed by the thousands who pass by it each year.

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African Americans in the Belmont
Hall of Famer Ed Brown became the first African-American jockey to win the Belmont Stakes in 1870 aboard Kingfisher.

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Destination: Immortality
The heart of American racing, more than a century old, beats hard against the western edge of New York City, a modern-day Circus Maximus that became the nation’s most important racing venue on the day it opened and remains without peer.

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Gambling Man
Woody Stephens defied the odds with Conquistador Cielo, the first of his five straight Belmont winners.

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History On Hold In The 130th Belmont
Some 80,162 roaring partisans, then the second-largest crowd to ever attend a Belmont Stakes, were there to witness that frenzied finish. It was not …. real quiet.

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Jockey Silks
Silks or colors, worn by each jockey in a race to represent a horse’s owner, are among the oldest traditions in racing.

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More Than Just Horses
If, over the course of more than a century, Belmont Park had only hosted Thoroughbred racing, its place in history would be both prominent and assured.

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The Belmont Trophy
The August Belmont Memorial Cup awarded to the winner of the Belmont Stakes is a solid silver bowl and cover made by Tiffany & Co. measuring 18 inches tall, 15 inches across and 14 inches at the base.

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The Carnation Blanket
While the origin of the white carnation as the official flower of the Belmont Stakes is unknown, it’s a fitting choice to crown the winner of the 1½-mile “Test of the Champion.”

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The White Pine
The only thing anyone knows for sure about the huge Japanese white pine that shades Belmont Park’s paddock is that it’s very, very old.

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Secretariat Outshone Them All
Of all the great horses that have made the pilgrimage to Belmont Park since its Opening Day on Thursday, May 4, 1905, only one horse impressed upon Belmont Park the stamp of immortality.

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Woody's Five Consecutive Wins
It remains one of the greatest achievements in sports history, one that may never be duplicated or surpassed.

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Women Jockeys in The Belmont
Julie Krone, the all-time leading female jockey, became the first woman to win a Triple Crown race when she rode Colonial Affair to victory in the 125th running of the Belmont Stakes on June 5, 1993.

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Writing Her Own History
1944 Acorn winner Twilight Tear was the first filly Horse of the Year.

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