The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has released the logo for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, which will be contested for the 146th time on June 7 at Belmont Park.
The logo features the Manhattan skyline in a design that forms the shape of the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Centering the skyline is the iconic Empire State Building. In front of the crown is the silhouette of a horse and jockey, and below are the name of the race and its date and location.
"The primary objective was to create a logo that reinforces our New York connection," said Rodnell Workman, NYRA Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "We believe this design provides that, both with the New York skyline and the nod to the Statue of Liberty."
The 2014 Belmont Stakes logo was designed by Kevin House of Kevin Creative.
The Grade 1 Belmont Stakes is the final jewel of the Triple Crown and will be broadcast live on NBC. The 1 ½-mile "Test of the Champion" is the longest race of the series and in the past decade has been won by champions Afleet Alex, Rags to Riches, and Summer Bird. In 2013, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith guided Palace Malice to victory in the Belmont Stakes for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Dogwood Stable.