Photo By: Adam Alexander

Fun Facts About Saturday's 2019 Belmont Stakes

The "Triple" Part of the Triple Crown

June 4, 2019

Even if you don't know much about horse racing, you have at least heard of the Triple Crown!  Well, the "Triple" part the Crown is running this weekend and it is called The Belmont Stakes!  While there is no chance of a Triple Crown winner (there were different winners for The Kentucky Derby and the Preakness)  the race is still a wondewrful talking point and a joy to watch AND it is ripe with history!  Here are a few #FunFacts about The Belmont Stakes:

1) The Belmont Stakes is generally run on the first or second Saturday in June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. 

2) It is he longest of the three triple crown races at 1.5 miles; often referred to as the "Test of the Champion."

3) Secretariat set a world record at the race that still stands for the mile and a half distance on a dirt track at 2:24.

4) The winner of the race is given a blanket made of between 300-400 white carnations, the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes.

5) The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown events.

6) June 19, 1867 - The first Belmont Stakes takes place at Jerome Park in the Bronx, New York.

7) June 6, 2015 - American Pharoah wins the 147th Belmont Stakes and becomes one of only 12 horses to achieve the Triple Crown, and the first since 1978. Victor Espinoza is the oldest, and first Latino jockey, to win the most prestigious accomplishment in horse racing.

8) June 9, 2018 - Justify, ridden by Mike Smith, wins the 150th Belmont Stakes. Justify becomes the 13th horse to achieve the Triple Crown. Justify is the first undefeated horse to complete the Triple Crown since 1977.

9) June 8, 2019 - The 151st Belmont Stakes is scheduled to take place.

10) I am taking Intrepid Heart as my pick!

-Adam Alexander