The Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown ---Test of the Champion for 3-year-olds, the longest at one and a half miles and the oldest of the top three races. Horse racing fans also call it the Race for the Carnations.
Winning the Belmont not only allows horses the once-in-a-lifetime chance of winning the Triple Crown honor. It will also take home the $1 million purse.
Depending on the results from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes races the Belmont Stakes can vary from huge excitement to a laid back race. The time leading up to the event will be total madness with the media and horse racing fans from all over the world if only one winner emerges from these first two legs, with the possibilty to witness the coronation of a Triple Crown winner since 1978.
But if two different winners come out of Louisville and Maryland, the atmosphere will be much more relaxed although far from fans losing interest in the Belmont Stakes altogether.
The inaugural running of Belmont Stake's was in 1867 at Jerome Park Recourse. It is the fourth oldest race overall in North America and the oldest of the Triple Crown races, it predates the Preakness by six years and the Kentucky Derby by eight. .
The Belmont Stakes is run on the first Saturday of June, the first running took place on a Thursday at a mile and five furlongs, with an entry fee of $200 half forfeit with $1,500 added. The Belmont was transferred from Jerome Park to Morris Park in 1890, it was to stay there until 1905 when the Belmont Park was opened.