The Belmont Stakes is an American Grade I stakes Thoroughbred horse race held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It is a 1.5-mile-long (2.4 km) horse race, open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds. Colts and geldings carry a weight of 126 pounds (57 kg); fillies carry 121 pounds (55 kg). The race, nicknamed The Test of the Champion, and The Run for the Carnations, is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown and is held five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. The 1973 Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown winner Secretariat holds the mile and a half stakes record (which is also a track and world record on dirt) of 2:24.
The attendance at the Belmont Stakes is among the American thoroughbred racing top attended events. The 2004 Belmont Stakes drew a television audience of 21.9 million viewers, and had the highest household viewing rate since 1977 when Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown.
The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes took place on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
The first Belmont Stakes was held at Jerome Park Racetrack in The Bronx, built in 1866 by stock market speculator Leonard Jerome (1817–1891) and financed by August Belmont Sr. (1816–1890), for whom the race was named. The first race in 1867 saw the filly Ruthless win, while the following year was won by General Duke. The race continued to be held at Jerome Park until 1890, when it was moved to the nearby facility, Morris Park Racecourse. The 1895 race was almost not held because of new laws that banned bookmaking in New York: it was eventually rescheduled for November 2. The race remained at Morris Park Racecourse until the May 1905 opening of the new Belmont Park, 430-acre (1.7 km2) racetrack in Elmont, New York on Long Island, just outside the New York City borough of Queens. When anti-gambling legislation was passed in New York State, Belmont Racetrack was closed, and the race was cancelled in 1911 and 1912.
The first winner of the Triple Crown was Sir Barton, in 1919, before the series was recognized as such. In 1920, the Belmont was won by the great Man o' War, who won by 20 lengths, setting a new stakes and American record.
Starting in 1926, the winner of the Belmont Stakes has been presented with August Belmont Trophy. The owner may keep the trophy for one year, and also receives a silver miniature for permanent use.
The term Triple Crown was first used when Gallant Fox won the three races in 1930, but the term did not enter widespread use until 1935 when his son Omaha repeated the feat. Sir Barton was then honored retroactively. Since 1931, the order of Triple Crown races has been the Kentucky Derby first, followed by the Preakness Stakes, and then the Belmont Stakes. Prior to 1931, the Preakness was run before the Derby eleven times. On May 12, 1917 and again on May 13, 1922, the Preakness and the Derby were run on the same day. On eleven occasions, the Belmont Stakes was run before the Preakness Stakes. The date of each event is now set by the Kentucky Derby, which is always held on the first Saturday in May. The Preakness Stakes is currently held two weeks later; and the Belmont Stakes is held three weeks after the Preakness (five weeks after the Derby). The earliest possible date for the Derby is May 1, and the latest is May 7; the earliest possible date for the Belmont is thus June 5, and the latest is June 11.
In 1937, War Admiral became the fourth Triple Crown winner after winning the Belmont in a new track record time of 2:28 3/5. In the 1940s, four Triple Crown winners followed: Whirlaway in 1941, Count Fleet in 1943, Assault in 1946 and Citation in 1948. Count Fleet won the race by a then-record margin of twenty-five lengths. He also set a stakes record of 2:28 1/5, a record tied by Citation. In 1957, the stakes record was smashed when Gallant Man ran the Belmont in 2:26 3/5 in a year when the Triple Crown series was split three ways.
The Belmont Stakes race was held at Aqueduct Racetrack from 1963 to 1967, while the track at Belmont was restored and renovated.
The largest crowd of the 20th century was in 1971 with over 80,000 people, supplemented by the city's Latino community, there to cheer on their new hero, Cañonero II, the Venezuelan colt who had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and was poised to win the U.S. Triple Crown. However, due to a foot infection that had bothered the horse for several days, Cañonero II failed to win the Triple Crown when he struggled across the finish line in 4th place behind Pass Catcher, ridden by Walter Blum. Despite this loss, Cañonero II was named the winner of the first Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male Horse.
On June 9, 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by thirty-one lengths in a record time of 2:24, becoming a Triple Crown champion, ending a 25-year gap between Citation, the Belmont and Triple Crown winner in 1948. Secretariat's record still stands as the fastest running of the Belmont Stakes and an American record for 1 1⁄2 miles on the dirt. In 1977, Seattle Slew became the first horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated. Affirmed was the last winner of the Triple Crown in the 20th century, taking the Belmont Stakes in 2:26 4/5 on June 10, 1978. Ridden by eighteen-year-old Steve Cauthen, Affirmed defeated rival Alydar with Jorge Velasquez in the saddle. At the time the race was the third slowest start and the third fastest finish with the quarter in 25, the half in 50, 3/4 in 1:14, the mile in 1:37 2/5.
In 1988, Secretariat's son Risen Star won the Belmont in 2:26 2/5, then the second fastest time in the history of the race. The next year, Easy Goer lowered the mark for second fastest time to 2:26. Easy Goer also holds a Beyer Speed Figure of 122 for the race, the best of any Triple Crown race since these ratings were first published in 1987.
For three years in a row, horses came to the Belmont Stakes with a Triple Crown on the line only to fail. In 2002, Belmont Park hosted what was then the largest crowd in its history when 103,222 saw War Emblem lose to longshot Sarava after stumbling at the start. In 2003, 101,864 watched Funny Cide finish third behind Empire Maker. In 2004, the attendance record was shattered when 120,139 people saw Smarty Jones upset by Birdstone.
In 2007, Rags to Riches became the first filly to win the race since Tanya in 1905. Three more failed Triple Crown bids followed: in 2008, Big Brown lost to Da' Tara; in 2012, I'll Have Another was withdrawn due to injury; and in 2014, California Chrome was beaten by Tonalist. This fueled debate about whether the series needed to be changed, for example by lengthening the period between races.
American Pharoah won the 2015 race, becoming the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown and the first in 37 years. The crowd that year was limited for the first time, to 90,000. His time of 2:26.65 was the sixth fastest in Belmont Stakes history, and the second fastest time for a Triple Crown winner.
The Belmont Stakes has been run at a mile and a half since 1926, having been run at that distance in 1874-1889.
The race has also been run at the following distances: a mile and five furlongs in 1867-1873; a mile and a quarter in 1890-1892, 1895, and 1904-1905; a mile and a furlong in 1893-1894; and a mile and three furlongs from 1896-1903 and 1906-1925.
The purse for the first running in 1867 was $1,500 added, meaning the purse was supplemented by nomination and entry fees. This made the total purse $2,500, with the winner receiving $1,850. The purse increased sharply in the Roaring Twenties, from Man O'War's earnings of $7,950 in 1920 to Gallant Fox's take of $66,040 in 1930. Purses declined as a result of the Great Depression, with War Admiral earning only $28,020 in 1937, then began to recover. Throughout the sixties and early seventies, the value to the winner was roughly $100,000, depending on the added money generated by entry fees (larger fields thus leading to higher prize money). The purse was repeatedly raised in the eighties and nineties, reaching $500,000 added, with the winner receiving roughly $400,000. In 1998, the purse was changed to $1,000,000 guaranteed, with the winner receiving $600,000. In 2014, the purse was raised to $1,500,000.
With one exception, the race has been run at a level weight of 126 pounds (with a 5-pound allowance for fillies) since 1900. The 126 pounds comes from the English Classics, where the standard weight is 9 stone, with one stone equaling 14 pounds. In 1913, the Belmont was run as a handicap with the winner carrying only 109 pounds compared to the runner-up carrying 126 pounds. Races run prior to 1900 had varied weight conditions.
The first post parade in the United States was at the 14th Belmont, in 1880. Before 1921, the race was run in the clockwise tradition of English racing. Since then, the race has been run in the American, or counter-clockwise, direction. Because of its length (one lap around the enormous Belmont main track), and because it is the final race of the Triple Crown, it is called the "Test of the Champion". Most three-year-olds are unaccustomed to the distance, and lack the experience, if not the stamina, to maintain a winning speed for so long. In a long race such as the Belmont, positioning of the horse and the timing of the move to chase for the lead can be critical.
The Belmont Stakes is traditionally called "The Test of the Champion" because of its 1.5 mile length — by far the longest of the three Triple Crown races, and one of the longest for a first-class race in the United States on the dirt. It is also known as "The Run for the Carnations" because the winning horse is draped with a blanket of white carnations after the race, in similar fashion to the blanket of roses and black-eyed Susans for the Derby and Preakness, respectively. The winning owner is ceremonially presented with the silver winner's trophy, designed by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany and Co. It was first presented to August Belmont Jr. in 1896 and donated by the Belmont family for annual presentation in 1926.
Despite the fact that the Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races, its traditions have been more subject to change. Until 1996, the post parade song was "The Sidewalks of New York". From 1997 to 2009, the song was changed to broadcast a recording by Frank Sinatra of the "Theme from New York, New York" in an attempt to appeal to younger fans. In 2010, the song was changed to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" before reverting to "Theme from New York, New York" from 2011 through the present. This tradition is similar to the singing of the state song at the post parades of the first two Triple Crown races: "My Old Kentucky Home" at the Kentucky Derby and "Maryland, My Maryland" at the Preakness Stakes. The change of song gave rise to "the myth of Mamie O'Rourke," a reference to a character in the lyrics of "The Sidewalks of New York." Before American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, some claimed that changing the official Belmont song "cursed" the Triple Crown and was why no horse had won since Affirmed in 1978. Others note that there was no Triple Crown winner between 1979 and 1996, even though "Sidewalks" was still played.
Along with the change of song in 1997, the official drink was also changed, from the "White Carnation" to the "Belmont Breeze." The New York Times reviewed both cocktails unfavorably, calling the Belmont Breeze "a significant improvement over the nigh undrinkable White Carnation" despite the fact that it "tastes like a refined trashcan punch." In 2011, the Belmont Breeze was again changed to the current official drink known as the "Belmont Jewel."
While the origin of the white carnation as the official flower of the Belmont Stakes is unknown, traditionally, pure white carnations stand for love and luck. It takes approximately 700 "select" carnations imported from Colombia to create the 40-pound blanket draped over the winner of the Belmont Stakes. The NYRA has long used The Pennock Company, a wholesale florist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to import the carnations used for the mantle.
From 1986 until 2005, the Triple Crown television rights comprised a single package. In late 2004, the New York Racing Association withdrew from that agreement to negotiate independently. As a result of this NBC, who was the rights holder for all three events, was only able to keep its broadcast rights to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. ABC regained the rights to the Belmont Stakes as part of a five-year contract that expired following the 2010 race; NBC has since regained the rights to the race through 2020.
Record Victory Margin:
Most wins by an owner:
Only 23 fillies have run in the Belmont; three of which have won: Ruthless in 1867, Tanya in 1905, and Rags to Riches in 2007. This gives them a respectable 13% win rate when entered. For context, three fillies have won the Kentucky Derby while five have won the Preakness Stakes. On average, fillies have won between 2% and 3% of the Triple Crown races, with similar numbers for geldings; while about 95% of these races have been won by colts. The last filly as of November 2017 to run in the Belmont was in 2013 when Unlimited Budget ran six behind the winner Palace Malice
|2017||Tapwrit||Jose Ortiz||Todd Pletcher||Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert V. LaPenta||Belmont||11⁄2-miles||2:30.02|
|2016||Creator||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Steve Asmussen||WinStar Farm LLC||2:28.51|
|2015||American Pharoah †||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||Zayat Stables, LLC||2:26.65|
|2014||Tonalist||Joel Rosario||Christophe Clement||Robert S. Evans||2:28.52|
|2013||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||Dogwood Stable||2:30.70|
|2012||Union Rags||John Velazquez||Michael Matz||Phyllis M. Wyeth||2:30.42|
|2011||Ruler on Ice||Jose Valdivia Jr.||Kelly Breen||George and Lori Hall||2:30.88|
|2010||Drosselmeyer||Mike Smith||William Mott||WinStar Farm LLC||2:31.57|
|2009||Summer Bird||Kent Desormeaux||Tim Ice||Kalarikkal & Vilasini Jayaraman||2:27.54|
|2008||Da'Tara||Alan Garcia||Nick Zito||Robert V. LaPenta||2:29.65|
|2007||Rags to Riches ‡||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||M. Tabor & D. Smith||2:28.74|
|2006||Jazil||Fernando Jara||Kiaran McLaughlin||Shadwell Farm||2:27.86|
|2005||Afleet Alex||Jeremy Rose||Timothy Ritchey||Cash is King LLC||2:28.75|
|2004||Birdstone||Edgar Prado||Nick Zito||Marylou Whitney Stables||2:27.50|
|2003||Empire Maker||Jerry Bailey||Robert Frankel||Juddmonte Farms||2:28.26|
|2002||Sarava||Edgar Prado||Kenneth McPeek||New Phoenix Stable||2:29.71|
|2001||Point Given||Gary Stevens||Bob Baffert||The Thoroughbred Corp.||2:26.56|
|2000||Commendable||Pat Day||D. Wayne Lukas||Bob & Beverly Lewis||2:31.19|
|1999||Lemon Drop Kid||Jose Santos||Scotty Schulhofer||Jeanne G. Vance||2:27.88|
|1998||Victory Gallop||Gary Stevens||W. Elliott Walden||Prestonwood Farm||2:29.16|
|1997||Touch Gold||Chris McCarron||David Hofmans||Frank Stronach||2:28.82|
|1996||Editor's Note||Rene R. Douglas||D. Wayne Lukas||Overbrook Farm||2:28.96|
|1995||Thunder Gulch||Gary Stevens||Michael Tabor||2:32.02|
|1994||Tabasco Cat||Pat Day||Reynolds/Overbrook||2:26.82|
|1993||Colonial Affair||Julie Krone||Scotty Schulhofer||Centennial Farms||2:29.97|
|1992||A.P. Indy||Ed Delahoussaye||Neil Drysdale||Tomonori Tsurumaki||2:26.13|
|1991||Hansel||Jerry Bailey||Frank L. Brothers||Lazy Lane Farm||2:28.10|
|1990||Go And Go||Michael Kinane||Dermot K. Weld||Moyglare Stud Farm||2:27.20|
|1989||Easy Goer||Pat Day||C. R. McGaughey III||Ogden Phipps||2:26.00|
|1988||Risen Star||Ed Delahoussaye||Louie J. Roussel III||Louie J. Roussel III||2:26.40|
|1987||Bet Twice||Craig Perret||Jimmy Croll||Blanche P. Levy||2:28.20|
|1986||Danzig Connection||Chris McCarron||Woody Stephens||Henryk de Kwiatkowski||2:29.80|
|1985||Creme Fraiche||Eddie Maple||Brushwood Stables||2:27.00|
|1984||Swale||Laffit Pincay Jr.||Claiborne Farm||2:27.20|
|1983||Caveat||August Belmont IV||2:27.80|
|1982||Conquistador Cielo||Henryk de Kwiatkowski||2:28.20|
|1981||Summing||George Martens||Luis Barrera||Charles T. Wilson Jr.||2:29.00|
|1980||Temperence Hill||Eddie Maple||Joseph B. Cantey||Loblolly Stable||2:29.80|
|1979||Coastal||Ruben Hernandez||David A. Whiteley||William Haggin Perry||2:28.60|
|1978||Affirmed †||Steve Cauthen||Laz Barrera||Harbor View Farm||2:26.80|
|1977||Seattle Slew †||Jean Cruguet||William H. Turner Jr.||Karen L. Taylor||2:29.60|
|1976||Bold Forbes||Angel Cordero Jr.||Laz Barrera||E. Rodriguez Tizol||2:29.00|
|1975||Avatar||Bill Shoemaker||Tommy Doyle||Arthur A. Seeligson Jr.||2:28.20|
|1974||Little Current||Miguel A. Rivera||Lou Rondinello||Darby Dan Farm||2:29.20|
|1973||Secretariat †||Ron Turcotte||Lucien Laurin||Meadow Stable||2:24.00|
|1972||Riva Ridge||Meadow Stud||2:28.00|
|1971||Pass Catcher||Walter Blum||Eddie Yowell||October House Farm||2:30.40|
|1970||High Echelon||John L. Rotz||John W. Jacobs||Ethel D. Jacobs||2:34.00|
|1969||Arts and Letters||Braulio Baeza||J. Elliott Burch||Rokeby Stables||2:28.80|
|1968||Stage Door Johnny||Heliodoro Gustines||John M. Gaver Sr.||Greentree Stable||2:27.20|
|1967||Damascus||Bill Shoemaker||Frank Y. Whiteley Jr.||Edith W. Bancroft||Aqueduct||2:28.80|
|1966||Amberoid||William Boland||Lucien Laurin||Reginald N. Webster||2:29.60|
|1965||Hail To All||Johnny Sellers||Eddie Yowell||Zelda Cohen||2:28.40|
|1964||Quadrangle||Manuel Ycaza||J. Elliott Burch||Rokeby Stables||2:28.40|
|1963||Chateaugay||Braulio Baeza||James P. Conway||Darby Dan Farm||2:30.20|
|1962||Jaipur||Bill Shoemaker||Bert Mulholland||George D. Widener Jr.||Belmont||2:28.80|
|1961||Sherluck||Braulio Baeza||Harold Young||Jacob Sher||2:29.20|
|1960||Celtic Ash||Bill Hartack||Thomas J. Barry||Joseph E. O'Connell||2:29.20|
|1959||Sword Dancer||Bill Shoemaker||J. Elliott Burch||Brookmeade Stable||2:28.40|
|1958||Cavan||Pete Anderson||Thomas J. Barry||Joseph E. O'Connell||2:30.20|
|1957||Gallant Man||Bill Shoemaker||John A. Nerud||Ralph Lowe||2:26.60|
|1956||Needles||David Erb||Hugh L. Fontaine||D & H Stable||2:29.80|
|1955||Nashua||Eddie Arcaro||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud||2:29.00|
|1954||High Gun||Eric Guerin||Max Hirsch||King Ranch||2:30.80|
|1953||Native Dancer||Bill Winfrey||Alfred G. Vanderbilt II||2:28.60|
|1952||One Count||Eddie Arcaro||Oscar White||Sarah F. Jeffords||2:30.20|
|1951||Counterpoint||David Gorman||Sylvester Veitch||C. V. Whitney||2:29.00|
|1950||Middleground||William Boland||Max Hirsch||King Ranch||2:28.60|
|1949||Capot||Ted Atkinson||John M. Gaver Sr.||Greentree Stable||2:30.20|
|1948||Citation †||Eddie Arcaro||Horace A. Jones||Calumet Farm||2:28.20|
|1947||Phalanx||Ruperto Donoso||Sylvester Veitch||C. V. Whitney||2:29.40|
|1946||Assault †||Warren Mehrtens||Max Hirsch||King Ranch||2:30.80|
|1945||Pavot||Eddie Arcaro||Oscar White||Walter M. Jeffords Sr.||2:30.20|
|1944||Bounding Home||Gayle Smith||Matt Brady||William Ziegler Jr.||2:32.20|
|1943||Count Fleet †||Johnny Longden||Don Cameron||Fannie Hertz||2:28.20|
|1942||Shut Out||Eddie Arcaro||John M. Gaver Sr.||Greentree Stable||2:29.20|
|1941||Whirlaway †||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm||2:31.00|
|1940||Bimelech||Fred A. Smith||William A. Hurley||Edward R. Bradley||2:29.60|
|1939||Johnstown||James Stout||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud||2:29.60|
|1938||Pasteurized||George M. Odom||Carol Harriman Plunkett||2:29.40|
|1937||War Admiral †||Charley Kurtsinger||George Conway||Glen Riddle Farm||2:28.60|
|1936||Granville||James Stout||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud||2:30.00|
|1935||Omaha †||Willie Saunders||2:30.60|
|1934||Peace Chance||Wayne D. Wright||Pete Coyne||Joseph E. Widener||2:29.20|
|1933||Hurryoff||Mack Garner||Henry McDaniel||2:32.60|
|1932||Faireno||Tommy Malley||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud||2:32.80|
|1931||Twenty Grand||Charley Kurtsinger||James G. Rowe Jr.||Greentree Stable||2:29.60|
|1930||Gallant Fox †||Earl Sande||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud||2:31.60|
|1929||Blue Larkspur||Mack Garner||Herbert J. Thompson||Edward R. Bradley||2:32.80|
|1928||Vito||Clarence Kummer||Max Hirsch||Alfred H. Cosden||2:33.20|
|1927||Chance Shot||Earl Sande||Pete Coyne||Joseph E. Widener||2:32.40|
|1926||Crusader||Albert Johnson||George Conway||Glen Riddle Farm||2:32.20|
|1925||American Flag||Albert Johnson||Gwyn R. Tompkins||13⁄8-miles||2:16.80|
|1924||Mad Play||Earl Sande||Sam Hildreth||Rancocas Stable||2:18.80|
|1922||Pillory||C. H. Miller||Thomas J. Healey||Richard T. Wilson Jr.||2:18.80|
|1921||Grey Lag||Earl Sande||Sam Hildreth||Rancocas Stable||2:16.80|
|1920||Man o' War||Clarence Kummer||Louis Feustel||Glen Riddle Farm||2:14.20|
|1919||Sir Barton †||Johnny Loftus||H. Guy Bedwell||J. K. L. Ross||2:17.40|
|1918||Johren||Frank Robinson||Albert Simons||Harry P. Whitney||2:20.40|
|1917||Hourless||James H. Butwell||Sam Hildreth||August Belmont Jr.||2:17.80|
|1916||Friar Rock||Everett Haynes||2:22.00|
|1915||The Finn||George Byrne||Edward W. Heffner||Henry C. Hallenbeck||2:18.40|
|1914||Luke McLuke||Merritt Buxton||John F. Schorr||John W. Schorr||2:20.00|
|1913||Prince Eugene||Roscoe Troxler||James G. Rowe Sr.||Harry P. Whitney||2:18.00|
|1912||No races held due to the Hart–Agnew Law.|
|1910||Sweep||James H. Butwell||James G. Rowe Sr.||James R. Keene||Belmont||13⁄8-miles||2:22.00|
|1909||Joe Madden||Eddie Dugan||Sam Hildreth||Sam Hildreth||2:21.60|
|1908||Colin||Joe Notter||James G. Rowe Sr.||James R. Keene||N/A|
|1907||Peter Pan||George Mountain||N/A|
|1906||Burgomaster||Lucien Lyne||John W. Rogers||Harry P. Whitney||2:20.00|
|1905||Tanya ‡||Gene Hildebrand||11⁄4-miles||2:08.00|
|1904||Delhi||George M. Odom||James G. Rowe Sr.||James R. Keene||Morris Park||2:06.60|
|1903||Africander||John Bullman||Richard O. Miller||Hampton Stable||13⁄8-miles||2:21.75|
|1902||Masterman||John J. Hyland||August Belmont Jr.||2:22.60|
|1901||Commando||Henry Spencer||James G. Rowe Sr.||James R. Keene||2:21.00|
|1900||Ildrim||Nash Turner||H. Eugene Leigh||H. Eugene Leigh||2:21.25|
|1899||Jean Bereaud||Richard Clawson||Sam Hildreth||Sydney Paget||2:23.00|
|1898||Bowling Brook||Fred Littlefield||R. Wyndham Walden||A. H. & D. H. Morris||2:32.00|
|1897||Scottish Chieftain||Joe Scherrer||Matt Byrnes||Marcus Daly||2:23.25|
|1896||Hastings||Henry Griffin||John J. Hyland||Blemton Stable||2:24.50|
|1895||Belmar||Fred Taral||Edward Feakes||Preakness Stables||11⁄4-miles||2:11.50|
|1894||Henry of Navarre||Willie Simms||Byron McClelland||Byron McClelland||11⁄8-miles||1:56.50|
|1893||Comanche||Gus Hannon||Empire Stable||1:53.25|
|1892||Patron||William Hayward||Lewis Stuart||Lewis Stuart||11⁄4-miles||2:17.00|
|1891||Foxford||Edward R. Garrison||M. Donavan||C. E. Rand||2:08.75|
|1890||Burlington||Pike Barnes||Albert Cooper||Hough Bros.||2:07.75|
|1889||Eric||William Hayward||John Huggins||A. J. Cassatt||Jerome Park||11⁄2-miles||2:47.25|
|1888||Sir Dixon||Jim McLaughlin||Frank McCabe||Dwyer Bros. Stable||2:40.25|
|1885||Tyrant||Paul Duffy||C. Claypool||James B. A. Haggin||2:43.00|
|1884||Panique||Jim McLaughlin||James G. Rowe Sr.||Dwyer Bros. Stable||2:42.00|
|1882||Forester||Lewis Stuart||Appleby & Johnson||2:43.00|
|1881||Saunterer||Tom Costello||R. Wyndham Walden||George L. Lorillard||2:47.00|
|1879||Spendthrift||George Evans||Thomas Puryear||James R. Keene||2:42.75|
|1878||Duke of Magenta||W. Hughes||R. Wyndham Walden||George L. Lorillard||2:43.50|
|1877||Cloverbrook||C. Holloway||Jeter Walden||E. A. Clabaugh||2:46.00|
|1876||Algerine||Billy Donohue||Thomas W. Doswell||Doswell & Co.||2:40.50|
|1875||Calvin||Bobby Swim||Ansel Williamson||Hal P. McGrath||2:42.25|
|1874||Saxon||George Barbee||W. Prior||Pierre Lorillard IV||2:39.50|
|1873||Springbok||James G. Rowe Sr.||David McDaniel||David McDaniel||15⁄8-miles||3:01.75|
|1871||Harry Bassett||Walter Miller||2:56.00|
|1870||Kingfisher||Edward D. Brown||Rollie Colston||Daniel Swigert||2:59.50|
|1869||Fenian||C. Miller||Jacob Pincus||August Belmont||3:04.25|
|1868||General Duke||Bobby Swim||A. Thompson||McConnell & Co.||3:02.00|
|1867||Ruthless ‡||Gilbert Patrick||A. Jack Minor||Francis Morris||3:05.00|
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