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Last updated: June 12, 2022 at 8:02 a.m. EDT

Belmont Stakes Winners

The Belmont Stakes is best known as the final leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, but it has a great history all of its own. It’s the oldest of the Triple Crown races and was first contested in 1867, when it was won by a filly, Ruthless.

The race moved to its current venue of Belmont Park when that course opened in 1905. Three years later it was won by Colin, one of the finest horses in U.S. history, unbeaten in 15 races, by a head over Fair Play.

Fair Play went on to become an outstanding sire, and in 1920 his finest son – and arguably America’s finest-ever racehorse – won the Belmont. Man o’War had only one opponent, but he still won by 20 lengths and set a world record for 1-5/8 miles.

A year beforehand, Sir Barton became the first Triple Crown winner, though the term was not in use at that time. He was followed by Gallant Fox in 1930, Omaha in 1935, and Man o’War’s son War Admiral in 1937.

War Admiral’s victory was especially noteworthy as he delayed the start due to his gate antics by eight minutes, cut his right forefoot coming out of the barrier (he returned covered in blood), but still won by three lengths.

The Triple Crown was earned four times in the 1940s, including by two of the finest U.S. racehorses, Count Fleet and Citation, but no more emerged until 1973. It was worth the wait, however – this was the year Secretariat won by 31 lengths in 2:24.00, a record time that still stands.

Two more Triple Crowns followed that decade, to Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978), but it would prove elusive for another 37 years, when American Pharoah ended the drought in 2015.

In between times, however, there were some dramatic races. Easy Goer ended Sunday Silence’s bid with an eight length triumph in 1989 in the second-fastest Belmont ever. Silver Charm, Real Quiet and Smarty Jones were both touched off in their Triple Crown bids, Real Quiet by just a nose.

There was also a notable human triumph in the 1980s: Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens won the race in five consecutive years, between 1982 and 1986, with Conquistador Cielo, Caveat, Swale, Crème Fraiche, and Danzig Connection.

Regardless of whether a Triple Crown is on the line, the Belmont Stakes continues to be an outstanding race – and with the 1-1/2 mile distance being an uncommon test in modern racing, it is always a great betting race.

Recent Belmont Stakes Winners

The last 10 years of Belmont Stakes history has been highlighted by successful and unsuccessful Triple Crown bids, the historic success of a filly, and a parade of longshot winners.

American Phaorah (2015), Justify (2018) and Mo Donegal (2022) are the only favorites in the last decade to win, and Pharoah’s 5 1/2-length romp completed the sport’s first Triple Crown sweep in 37 years.

Rags to Riches (2007) became the first filly since Tanya in 1905 to win the Belmont when she narrowly denied eventual two-time Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Curlin by a head. Her score came just one year after her half-brother, Jazil (2006), registered the only stakes win of his career in the Belmont.

Longshots Da’ Tara ($79), Summer Bird ($25.80), Drosselmeyer ($28), Ruler On Ice ($51.50), and Palace Malice ($29.60) all won at double-digit odds, while Da’ Tara and Tonalist (2014) thwarted the Triple Crown bids of Big Brown and California Chrome, respectively.

Full Listing of Belmont Stakes Winners

2022Mo DonegalTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr.2:28.28
2021Essential QualityBrad H. CoxLuis Saez02:27.1
2020*Tiz the LawBarclay TaggManny Franco01:46.5
2019Sir WinstonMark E. CasseJoel Rosario02:28.3
2018JustifyBob BaffertMike Smith02:28.2
2017TapwritTodd PletcherJose Ortiz02:30.0
2016CreatorSteve AsmussenIrad Ortiz, Jr02:28.5
2015American Pharoah Bob BaffertVictor Espinoza02:26.7
2014TonalistChristophe ClementJoel Rosario02:28.5
2013Palace MaliceTodd PletcherMike Smith02:30.7
2012Union RagsMichael MatzJohn Velazquez02:30.4
2011Ruler on IceKelly BreenJose Valdivia, Jr.02:30.9
2010DrosselmeyerWilliam MottMike Smith02:31.6
2009Summer BirdTim IceKent Desormeaux02:27.5
2008Da'TaraNick ZitoAlan Garcia02:29.7
2007Rags to Riches**Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez02:28.7
2006JazilKiaran McLaughlinFernando Jara02:27.9
2005Afleet AlexTimothy RitcheyJeremy Rose02:28.7
2004BirdstoneNick ZitoEdgar Prado02:27.5
2003Empire MakerRobert FrankelJerry Bailey02:28.3
2002SaravaKenneth McPeekEdgar Prado02:29.7
2001Point GivenBob BaffertGary Stevens02:26.6
2000CommendableD. Wayne LukasPat Day02:31.2
1999Lemon Drop KidScotty SchulhoferJose Santos02:27.9
1998Victory GallopW. Elliott WaldenGary Stevens02:29.2
1997Touch GoldDavid HofmansChris McCarron02:28.8
1996Editors NoteD. Wayne LukasRene R. Douglas02:29.0
1995Thunder GulchD. Wayne LukasGary Stevens02:32.0
1994Tabasco CatD. Wayne LukasPat Day02:26.8
1993Colonial AffairScotty SchulhoferJulie Krone02:30.0
1992A.P. IndyNeil DrysdaleEd Delahoussaye02:26.1
1991HanselFrank L. BrothersJerry Bailey02:28.1
1990Go And GoDermot K. WeldMichael Kinane02:27.2
1989Easy GoerC. R. McGaughey IIIPat Day02:26.0
1988Risen StarLouie J. Roussel IIIEd Delahoussaye02:26.4
1987Bet TwiceJimmy CrollCraig Perret02:28.2
1986Danzig ConnectionWoody StephensChris McCarron02:29.8
1985Creme FraicheWoody StephensEddie Maple02:27.0
1984SwaleWoody StephensLaffit Pincay, Jr.02:27.2
1983CaveatWoody StephensLaffit Pincay, Jr.02:27.8
1982Conquistador CieloWoody StephensLaffit Pincay, Jr.02:28.2
1981SummingLuis BarreraGeorge Martens02:29.0
1980Temperence HillJoseph B. CanteyEddie Maple02:29.8
1979CoastalDavid A. WhiteleyRuben Hernandez02:28.6
1978Affirmed Laz BarreraSteve Cauthen02:26.8
1977Seattle Slew William H. Turner, Jr.Jean Cruguet02:29.6
1976Bold ForbesLaz BarreraAngel Cordero, Jr.02:29.0
1975AvatarTommy DoyleBill Shoemaker02:28.2
1974Little CurrentLou RondinelloMiguel A. Rivera02:29.2
1973Secretariat Lucien LaurinRon Turcotte02:24.0
1972Riva RidgeLucien LaurinRon Turcotte02:28.0
1971Pass CatcherEddie YowellWalter Blum02:30.4
1970High EchelonJohn W. JacobsJohn L. Rotz02:34.0
1969Arts and LettersJ. Elliott BurchBraulio Baeza02:28.8
1968Stage Door JohnnyJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Heliodoro Gustines02:27.2
1967DamascusFrank Y. Whiteley, Jr.Bill Shoemaker02:28.8
1966AmberoidLucien LaurinWilliam Boland02:29.6
1965Hail To AllEddie YowellJohnny Sellers02:28.4
1964QuadrangleJ. Elliott BurchManuel Ycaza02:28.4
1963ChateaugayJames P. ConwayBraulio Baeza02:30.2
1962JaipurBert MulhollandBill Shoemaker02:28.8
1961SherluckHarold YoungBraulio Baeza02:29.2
1960Celtic AshThomas J. BarryBill Hartack02:29.2
1959Sword DancerJ. Elliott BurchBill Shoemaker02:28.4
1958CavanThomas J. BarryPete Anderson02:30.2
1957Gallant ManJohn A. NerudBill Shoemaker02:26.6
1956NeedlesHugh L. FontaineDavid Erb02:29.8
1955NashuaJim FitzsimmonsEddie Arcaro02:29.0
1954High GunMax HirschEric Guerin02:30.8
1953Native DancerBill WinfreyEric Guerin02:28.6
1952One CountOscar WhiteEddie Arcaro02:30.2
1951CounterpointSylvester VeitchDavid Gorman02:29.0
1950MiddlegroundMax HirschWilliam Boland02:28.6
1949CapotJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Ted Atkinson02:30.2
1948Citation Horace A. JonesEddie Arcaro02:28.2
1947PhalanxSylvester VeitchRuperto Donoso02:29.4
1946Assault Max HirschWarren Mehrtens02:30.8
1945PavotOscar WhiteEddie Arcaro02:30.2
1944Bounding HomeMatt BradyGayle Smith02:32.2
1943Count Fleet Don CameronJohnny Longden02:28.2
1942Shut OutJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Eddie Arcaro02:29.2
1941Whirlaway Ben A. JonesEddie Arcaro02:31.0
1940BimelechWilliam A. HurleyFred A. Smith02:29.6
1939JohnstownJim FitzsimmonsJames Stout02:29.6
1938PasteurizedGeorge M. OdomJames Stout02:29.4
1937War Admiral George ConwayCharley Kurtsinger02:28.6
1936GranvilleJim FitzsimmonsJames Stout02:30.0
1935Omaha Jim FitzsimmonsWillie Saunders02:30.6
1934Peace ChancePete CoyneWayne D. Wright02:29.2
1933HurryoffHenry McDanielMack Garner02:32.6
1932FairenoJim FitzsimmonsTommy Malley02:32.8
1931Twenty GrandJames G. Rowe, Jr.Charley Kurtsinger02:29.6
1930Gallant Fox Jim FitzsimmonsEarl Sande02:31.6
1929Blue LarkspurHerbert J. ThompsonMack Garner02:32.8
1928VitoMax HirschClarence Kummer02:33.2
1927Chance ShotPete CoyneEarl Sande02:32.4
1926CrusaderGeorge ConwayAlbert Johnson02:32.2
1925American FlagGwyn R. TompkinsAlbert Johnson02:16.8
1924Mad PlaySam HildrethEarl Sande02:18.8
1923ZevSam HildrethEarl Sande02:19.0
1922PilloryThomas J. HealeyC. H. Miller02:18.8
1921Grey LagSam HildrethEarl Sande02:16.8
1920Man o' WarLouis FeustelClarence Kummer02:14.2
1919Sir Barton H. Guy BedwellJohnny Loftus02:17.4
1918JohrenAlbert SimonsFrank Robinson02:20.4
1917HourlessSam HildrethJames H. Butwell02:17.8
1916Friar RockEverett Haynes02:22.0
1915The FinnEdward W. HeffnerGeorge Byrne02:18.4
1914Luke McLukeJohn F. SchorrMerritt Buxton02:20.0
1913Prince EugeneJames G. Rowe, Sr.Roscoe Troxler02:18.0
1910SweepJames G. Rowe, Sr.James H. Butwell02:22.0
1909Joe MaddenSam HildrethEddie Dugan02:21.6
1908ColinJames G. Rowe, Sr.Joe NotterN/A
1907Peter PanJames G. Rowe, Sr.George MountainN/A
1906BurgomasterJohn W. RogersLucien Lyne02:20.0
1905Tanya**John W. RogersGene Hildebrand02:08.0
1904DelhiJames G. Rowe, Sr.George M. Odom02:06.6
1903AfricanderRichard O. MillerJohn Bullman02:21.7
1902MastermanJohn J. HylandJohn Bullman02:22.6
1901CommandoJames G. Rowe, Sr.Henry Spencer02:21.0
1900IldrimH. Eugene LeighNash Turner02:21.2
1899Jean BereaudSam HildrethRichard Clawson02:23.0
1898Bowling BrookR. Wyndham WaldenFred Littlefield02:32.0
1897Scottish ChieftainMatt ByrnesJoe Scherrer02:23.3
1896HastingsJohn J. HylandHenry Griffin02:24.5
1895BelmarEdward FeakesFred Taral02:11.5
1894Henry of NavarreByron McClellandWillie Simms01:56.5
1893ComancheGus HannonWillie Simms01:53.2
1892PatronLewis StuartWilliam Hayward02:17.0
1891FoxfordM. DonavanEdward R. Garrison02:08.8
1890BurlingtonAlbert CooperPike Barnes02:07.8
1889EricJohn HugginsWilliam Hayward02:47.3
1888Sir DixonFrank McCabeJim McLaughlin02:40.3
1887HanoverFrank McCabeJim McLaughlin02:43.5
1886Inspector BFrank McCabeJim McLaughlin02:41.0
1885TyrantC. ClaypoolPaul Duffy02:43.0
1884PaniqueJames G. Rowe, Sr.Jim McLaughlin02:42.0
1883George KinneyJames G. Rowe, Sr.Jim McLaughlin02:42.5
1882ForesterLewis StuartJim McLaughlin02:43.0
1881SauntererR. Wyndham WaldenTom Costello02:47.0
1880GrenadaR. Wyndham WaldenW. Hughes02:47.0
1879SpendthriftThomas PuryearGeorge Evans02:42.7
1878Duke of MagentaR. Wyndham WaldenW. Hughes02:43.5
1877CloverbrookJeter WaldenC. Holloway02:46.0
1876AlgerineThomas W. DoswellBilly Donohue02:40.5
1875CalvinAnsel WilliamsonBobby Swim02:42.3
1874SaxonW. PriorGeorge Barbee02:39.5
1873SpringbokDavid McDanielJames G. Rowe, Sr.03:01.7
1872Joe DanielsDavid McDanielJames G. Rowe, Sr.02:58.2
1871Harry BassettDavid McDanielWalter Miller02:56.0
1870KingfisherRollie ColstonEdward D. Brown02:59.5
1869FenianJacob PincusC. Miller03:04.3
1868General DukeA. ThompsonBobby Swim03:02.0
1867Ruthless**A. Jack MinorGilbert Patrick03:05.0

*2020 race run at 1 & 1/8 miles and as the 1st of the 3 Triple Crown races due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

**Denotes fillies who won the Belmont Stakes