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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) and Justify (2018) 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

2018JustifyBob BaffertMike Smith2:28.18
2017TapwritTodd PletcherJose Ortiz2:30.02
2016CreatorSteve AsmussenIrad Ortiz, Jr2:28.51
2015American Pharoah Bob BaffertVictor Espinoza2:26.65
2014TonalistChristophe ClementJoel Rosario2:28.52
2013Palace MaliceTodd PletcherMike Smith2:30.70
2012Union RagsMichael MatzJohn Velazquez2:30.42
2011Ruler on IceKelly BreenJose Valdivia, Jr.2:30.88
2010DrosselmeyerWilliam MottMike Smith2:31.57
2009Summer BirdTim IceKent Desormeaux2:27.54
2008Da’TaraNick ZitoAlan Garcia2:29.65
2007Rags to Riches**Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez2:28.74
2006JazilKiaran McLaughlinFernando Jara2:27.86
2005Afleet AlexTimothy RitcheyJeremy Rose2:28.75
2004BirdstoneNick ZitoEdgar Prado2:27.50
2003Empire MakerRobert FrankelJerry Bailey2:28.26
2002SaravaKenneth McPeekEdgar Prado2:29.71
2001Point GivenBob BaffertGary Stevens2:26.56
2000CommendableD. Wayne LukasPat Day2:31.19
1999Lemon Drop KidScotty SchulhoferJose Santos2:27.88
1998Victory GallopW. Elliott WaldenGary Stevens2:29.16
1997Touch GoldDavid HofmansChris McCarron2:28.82
1996Editor’s NoteD. Wayne LukasRene R. Douglas2:28.96
1995Thunder GulchD. Wayne LukasGary Stevens2:32.02
1994Tabasco CatD. Wayne LukasPat Day2:26.82
1993Colonial AffairScotty SchulhoferJulie Krone2:29.97
1992A.P. IndyNeil DrysdaleEd Delahoussaye2:26.13
1991HanselFrank L. BrothersJerry Bailey2:28.10
1990Go And GoDermot K. WeldMichael Kinane2:27.20
1989Easy GoerC. R. McGaughey IIIPat Day2:26.00
1988Risen StarLouie J. Roussel IIIEd Delahoussaye2:26.40
1987Bet TwiceJimmy CrollCraig Perret2:28.20
1986Danzig ConnectionWoody StephensChris McCarron2:29.80
1985Creme FraicheWoody StephensEddie Maple2:27.00
1984SwaleWoody StephensLaffit Pincay, Jr.2:27.20
1983CaveatWoody StephensLaffit Pincay, Jr.2:27.80
1982Conquistador CieloWoody StephensLaffit Pincay, Jr.2:28.20
1981SummingLuis BarreraGeorge Martens2:29.00
1980Temperence HillJoseph B. CanteyEddie Maple2:29.80
1979CoastalDavid A. WhiteleyRuben Hernandez2:28.60
1978Affirmed Laz BarreraSteve Cauthen2:26.80
1977Seattle Slew William H. Turner, Jr.Jean Cruguet2:29.60
1976Bold ForbesLaz BarreraAngel Cordero, Jr.2:29.00
1975AvatarTommy DoyleBill Shoemaker2:28.20
1974Little CurrentLou RondinelloMiguel A. Rivera2:29.20
1973Secretariat Lucien LaurinRon Turcotte2:24.00
1972Riva RidgeLucien LaurinRon Turcotte2:28.00
1971Pass CatcherEddie YowellWalter Blum2:30.40
1970High EchelonJohn W. JacobsJohn L. Rotz2:34.00
1969Arts and LettersJ. Elliott BurchBraulio Baeza2:28.80
1968Stage Door JohnnyJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Heliodoro Gustines2:27.20
1967DamascusFrank Y. Whiteley, Jr.Bill Shoemaker2:28.80
1966AmberoidLucien LaurinWilliam Boland2:29.60
1965Hail To AllEddie YowellJohnny Sellers2:28.40
1964QuadrangleJ. Elliott BurchManuel Ycaza2:28.40
1963ChateaugayJames P. ConwayBraulio Baeza2:30.20
1962JaipurBert MulhollandBill Shoemaker2:28.80
1961SherluckHarold YoungBraulio Baeza2:29.20
1960Celtic AshThomas J. BarryBill Hartack2:29.20
1959Sword DancerJ. Elliott BurchBill Shoemaker2:28.40
1958CavanThomas J. BarryPete Anderson2:30.20
1957Gallant ManJohn A. NerudBill Shoemaker2:26.60
1956NeedlesHugh L. FontaineDavid Erb2:29.80
1955NashuaJim FitzsimmonsEddie Arcaro2:29.00
1954High GunMax HirschEric Guerin2:30.80
1953Native DancerBill WinfreyEric Guerin2:28.60
1952One CountOscar WhiteEddie Arcaro2:30.20
1951CounterpointSylvester VeitchDavid Gorman2:29.00
1950MiddlegroundMax HirschWilliam Boland2:28.60
1949CapotJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Ted Atkinson2:30.20
1948Citation Horace A. JonesEddie Arcaro2:28.20
1947PhalanxSylvester VeitchRuperto Donoso2:29.40
1946Assault Max HirschWarren Mehrtens2:30.80
1945PavotOscar WhiteEddie Arcaro2:30.20
1944Bounding HomeMatt BradyGayle Smith2:32.20
1943Count Fleet Don CameronJohnny Longden2:28.20
1942Shut OutJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Eddie Arcaro2:29.20
1941Whirlaway Ben A. JonesEddie Arcaro2:31.00
1940BimelechWilliam A. HurleyFred A. Smith2:29.60
1939JohnstownJim FitzsimmonsJames Stout2:29.60
1938PasteurizedGeorge M. OdomJames Stout2:29.40
1937War Admiral George ConwayCharley Kurtsinger2:28.60
1936GranvilleJim FitzsimmonsJames Stout2:30.00
1935Omaha Jim FitzsimmonsWillie Saunders2:30.60
1934Peace ChancePete CoyneWayne D. Wright2:29.20
1933HurryoffHenry McDanielMack Garner2:32.60
1932FairenoJim FitzsimmonsTommy Malley2:32.80
1931Twenty GrandJames G. Rowe, Jr.Charley Kurtsinger2:29.60
1930Gallant Fox Jim FitzsimmonsEarl Sande2:31.60
1929Blue LarkspurHerbert J. ThompsonMack Garner2:32.80
1928VitoMax HirschClarence Kummer2:33.20
1927Chance ShotPete CoyneEarl Sande2:32.40
1926CrusaderGeorge ConwayAlbert Johnson2:32.20
1925American FlagGwyn R. TompkinsAlbert Johnson2:16.80
1924Mad PlaySam HildrethEarl Sande2:18.80
1923ZevSam HildrethEarl Sande2:19.00
1922PilloryThomas J. HealeyC. H. Miller2:18.80
1921Grey LagSam HildrethEarl Sande2:16.80
1920Man o’ WarLouis FeustelClarence Kummer2:14.20
1919Sir Barton H. Guy BedwellJohnny Loftus2:17.40
1918JohrenAlbert SimonsFrank Robinson2:20.40
1917HourlessSam HildrethJames H. Butwell2:17.80
1916Friar RockEverett Haynes2:22.00
1915The FinnEdward W. HeffnerGeorge Byrne2:18.40
1914Luke McLukeJohn F. SchorrMerritt Buxton2:20.00
1913Prince EugeneJames G. Rowe, Sr.Roscoe Troxler2:18.00
1910SweepJames G. Rowe, Sr.James H. Butwell2:22.00
1909Joe MaddenSam HildrethEddie Dugan2:21.60
1908ColinJames G. Rowe, Sr.Joe NotterN/A
1907Peter PanJames G. Rowe, Sr.George MountainN/A
1906BurgomasterJohn W. RogersLucien Lyne2:20.00
1905Tanya**John W. RogersGene Hildebrand2:08.00
1904DelhiJames G. Rowe, Sr.George M. Odom2:06.60
1903AfricanderRichard O. MillerJohn Bullman2:21.75
1902MastermanJohn J. HylandJohn Bullman2:22.60
1901CommandoJames G. Rowe, Sr.Henry Spencer2:21.00
1900IldrimH. Eugene LeighNash Turner2:21.25
1899Jean BereaudSam HildrethRichard Clawson2:23.00
1898Bowling BrookR. Wyndham WaldenFred Littlefield2:32.00
1897Scottish ChieftainMatt ByrnesJoe Scherrer2:23.25
1896HastingsJohn J. HylandHenry Griffin2:24.50
1895BelmarEdward FeakesFred Taral2:11.50
1894Henry of NavarreByron McClellandWillie Simms1:56.50
1893ComancheGus HannonWillie Simms1:53.25
1892PatronLewis StuartWilliam Hayward2:17.00
1891FoxfordM. DonavanEdward R. Garrison2:08.75
1890BurlingtonAlbert CooperPike Barnes2:07.75
1889EricJohn HugginsWilliam Hayward2:47.25
1888Sir DixonFrank McCabeJim McLaughlin2:40.25
1887HanoverFrank McCabeJim McLaughlin2:43.50
1886Inspector BFrank McCabeJim McLaughlin2:41.00
1885TyrantC. ClaypoolPaul Duffy2:43.00
1884PaniqueJames G. Rowe, Sr.Jim McLaughlin2:42.00
1883George KinneyJames G. Rowe, Sr.Jim McLaughlin2:42.50
1882ForesterLewis StuartJim McLaughlin2:43.00
1881SauntererR. Wyndham WaldenTom Costello2:47.00
1880GrenadaR. Wyndham WaldenW. Hughes2:47.00
1879SpendthriftThomas PuryearGeorge Evans2:42.75
1878Duke of MagentaR. Wyndham WaldenW. Hughes2:43.50
1877CloverbrookJeter WaldenC. Holloway2:46.00
1876AlgerineThomas W. DoswellBilly Donohue2:40.50
1875CalvinAnsel WilliamsonBobby Swim2:42.25
1874SaxonW. PriorGeorge Barbee2:39.50
1873SpringbokDavid McDanielJames G. Rowe, Sr.3:01.75
1872Joe DanielsDavid McDanielJames G. Rowe, Sr.2:58.25
1871Harry BassettDavid McDanielWalter Miller2:56.00
1870KingfisherRollie ColstonEdward D. Brown2:59.50
1869FenianJacob PincusC. Miller3:04.25
1868General DukeA. ThompsonBobby Swim3:02.00
1867Ruthless**A. Jack MinorGilbert Patrick3:05.00