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The 156th running of the $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes (Grade I), is the final leg of the Triple Crown and is set for Saturday, June 8.

When is the Belmont Stakes?

The Belmont Stakes is on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

Where is the Belmont Stakes?

The Belmont Stakes is raced this year at Saratoga Race Course (Belmont Park under construction).

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The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has released the stakes schedule for the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which will be held at Saratoga Race Course from Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9.

Highlighted by the 156th edition of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8, the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will begin on Thursday, June 6 and continue through Sunday, June 9. The four-day Festival at Saratoga Race Course will include 24 stakes races with purses exceeding $10.1 million, the highest purse levels and number of stakes offered since the launch of the multi day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in 2014.

NYRA has increased the purse of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes from $1.5 million to $2 million in 2024, which is the first significant increase since 2014. The 2024 Belmont Stakes will be contested at 1 1/4 miles in 2024 rather than the traditional 1 1/2 miles due to the configuration of Saratoga's main track.

In addition, NYRA has increased the purse of the Grade 1 Resorts World Casino Manhattan from $750,000 to $1 million and boosted the Grade 1 New York from $600,000 to $750,000. As a result, the total purses offered at the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will exceed $10 million for the first time.

NYRA has also boosted the purse of the Grade 3 Poker from $200,000 to $350,000 and added $100,000 to the purses of the Grade 1 Woody Stephens, the Grade 1 Jaipur and the Grade 2 True North. Accordingly, the Woody Stephens and Jaipur will offer a purse of $500,000, with the True North rising to $350,000.

Differences between the circumference of Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park will require slight distance adjustments to a number of races scheduled for the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. On the main track, four races previously run at a one-turn 1 1/16-miles on the main track [Acorn, Ogden Phipps, Commentator and Critical Eye] will be run at 1 1/8-miles around two turns.

On the turf, the Resorts World Casino Manhattan and New York will be contested at 1 3/16 miles rather than the customary 10 furlongs. The Jaipur and Grade 2, $200,000 Intercontinental, which saw un upgrade from Grade 3 status last year, will each be run at 5 1/2-furlongs rather than the customary six furlongs.

The Festival opens with four stakes on Thursday, June 6 led by the Grade 2, $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup for older horses traveling two miles on the turf. The June 6 program will include the Listed $150,000 Jersey Girl for sophomore fillies sprinting six furlongs; the Listed $150,000 Tremont for juveniles sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs and the $150,000 Astoria at 5 1/2-furlongs for juvenile fillies.

Friday, June 7 will feature three Grade 1 events among four stakes topped by the New York for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up; the $500,000 Acorn for sophomore fillies and the $500,000 Just a Game at one mile on the turf for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up. The Grade 2 Intercontinental for older fillies and mares rounds out the stakes action on the second day of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

A blockbuster Belmont Stakes Day at Saratoga awaits on Saturday, June 8 with a program to include six Grade 1 events among nine stakes races in total, culminating with the Belmont Stakes and featuring three Breeders' Cup "Win And You're In" qualifiers: the Grade 1, $1 million Metropolitan Handicap for 3-year-olds and up going one mile out of the Wilson Chute [Dirt Mile]; the Grade 1, $500,000 Ogden Phipps for older fillies and mares [Distaff]; and the Grade 1, $500,000 Jaipur for 3-year-olds and up [Turf Sprint]. In addition, the prestigious and historic Grade 1 races on Belmont Stakes Day will include the $1 million Resorts World Casino Manhattan for older horses, and the seven-furlong $500,000 Woody Stephens for sophomores.

Belmont Stakes Day at Saratoga will be bolstered by the Grade 2 True North for older horses sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs; the Grade 3 Poker for older horses at one mile on the turf and the Grade 2, $350,000 Suburban for older horses at 10 furlongs.

The 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga will conclude on Sunday, June 9 when New York-breds take center stage for a special New York Showcase Day featuring six stakes exclusively for New York-breds.

The curtain drops on the Festival with a quartet of $125,000 events: the Kingston at 1 1/16-miles on turf for older horses, the Mount Vernon at one-mile on turf for older fillies and mares, the seven-furlong Mike Lee for sophomores and the seven-furlong Bouwerie for sophomore fillies. The day's feature races are a pair of $200,000 stakes contested at nine furlongs on the main track in the Commentator for 3-year-olds and up and the Critical Eye for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. (OTB) is a US licensed online wagering website offering the 155th running of the Belmont Stakes, and is a great way to bet horse racing at Belmont Park. Available to customers across the United States, OTB allows horseplayers to watch and wager on racing from tracks around the world at any time.

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Belmont Stakes History

The Belmont Stakes, the final and most demanding leg of the Triple Crown, is named after August Belmont who had been a leading banker and racing man of the 19th century. He was also the first President of the Jockey Club in 1867. In 1869, August Belmont took first and second money with his own Fenian and Glenelg. When the race initially started running in 1867 it took place at Jerome Park Racetrack which is in the Bronx. The race didn't move until the Belmont Park opened in 1905 and the race has since remained at this venue.

The Belmont Stakes race is the third race in the triple crown and can carry a ton of excitement. By the time the Belmont Stakes rolls around bettors usually have an idea of what to expect from each horse since the top contenders will have already ran two races.. This means bettors have more information to work with in order to tip the odds in their favour and earn money betting on the Belmont Stakes race.

The Belmont Stakes is a 1.5-mile race, while the Kentucky Derby is only 1.25-mile and the Preakness Stakes is only 1.1875-mile. This extra distance changes the entire dynamic of the race and some horses who may excel at the first two races will not be able to last that extra quarter mile at the Belmont Stakes. This is why the Belmont Stakes is often referred to as the "test of the champion".

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Belmont Stakes Trivia

1 1/2miles - The distance of the Belmont Stakes, longer than both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

2 - The number of horses to compete in the race when Man o' War won in 1920. The race also had a two-horse field on four occasions before that.

2:24 - The distance of the Belmont Stakes, longer than both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

1 1/2miles - Record winning time for the Belmont, set by Secretariat when he won the Triple Crown in 1973.

3 - The number of times the Belmont has been decided by a nose, most recently when Victory Gallop denied Real Quiet a Triple Crown win in 1998.

3 - The number of fillies who have won the race. Rags to Riches' 2007 win is the most recent, breaking a 102-year drought since Tanya won the race in 1905.

6 - Number of Belmont wins by jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Jim McLaughlin, tied for the record.

8 - Record number of Belmont Stakes wins by a trainer, held by James Rowe Sr. His last win came in 1913, and he also won two Belmont Stakes as a jockey.

15 - The biggest field ever to contest the race, in 1983.

20 - The number of (equine) winners whose named started with the letter C, more popular than any other first initial.

31 lengths - The margin of victory when Secretariat romped in the 1973 edition, a record.

34 - The number of odds-on favorites to run in the Belmont since 1940. Thirteen of them won.

62 - Number of times the betting favorite has won the Belmont, equal to 42 percent of the time.

$142.50 - Record win payoff, when Sarava won at 70.25-1 in 2002.

1867 - The year the Belmont was first run. This year marks the race's 153rd running, as there was no Belmont held in 1911 and 1912.

120,139 - Record attendance, at the 2004 race when Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid.

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