The Belmont Stakes is getting closer with every tick of the clock. It promises to be an exciting event, with many races to take place in New York for three days. The Belmont Stakes will have its post-production draw on June 1st, where we will have a clearer picture of the event.


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History of the Belmont Stakes

The first Belmont Stakes was held 1867, 154 years ago, at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx. The first-ever race had filly Ruthless as the winner. Following the year after was General Duke. The race took place every year in Jerome Park, Morris Park Racecourse, before the opening of the Belmont Park in May 1905.

Although the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby began in 1873 and 1875, respectively, the Triple Crown Trophy was only commissioned in 1950. Sir Barton, in 1919, was the first winner of all three events before the commissioning of the Triple Crown. A total of 13 horses have won all three races to win the Triple Crown.

Last year, the 152nd race of the Belmont Stakes took place on June 20th in the absence of fans. The event had been moved from June 6th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Belmont Stakes 2020 was also the first time the Triple Crown race order was changed, with the Belmont Stakes coming first.

 

Belmont Stakes 2021

The 153rd edition of the Belmont Stakes is just a week away from now. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 5th, the event will feature a three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival  to begin on June 3rd.  There will be  17 stakes races, out of which eight Grade I stakes will happen on the same day as the Belmont Stakes. But the COVID-19 still has a significant impact on the Belmont Stakes, with an attendance limit of 11,000 people. Also, fans in attendance will have to be vaccinated or tested negative recently. They will observe social distancing rules during the event.

The Grade I stakes race will have a maximum of 16 horses competing for a total prize of $1.5 Million. We expect the race to feature many thoroughbreds from the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, including Hot Rod Charlie, Essential Quality, Mandaloun, and O Besos. Unfortunately, the New York Racing Association’s ban on the trainer Bob Baffert on May 17th will prevent the Medina Spirit or Concert Tour from fighting for the Belmont Trophy. Fans can only hope that the ban is lifted before June 5th. A day after the Preakness winner, Rombauer, arrived at the Belmont Park, the owner of the Kentucky Oaks winner, Malathaat, confirmed the filly is not competing at the Belmont.

 

2021 Belmont Stakes Contenders

The post-position draw of the Belmont Stakes will be held on Tuesday, June 1st at 11 A.M. Taking place at the Belmont Cafe of Belmont Park, the draw will be followed by a Q&A session with selected trainers/owners. The session will be moderated by the Racing Association. Fans will be able to watch the post-position draw on FS2 starting from 11 AM. Finally, we will have the official odds and the proper lineup for the 2021 Belmont Stakes after the draw.

HorseJockeyTrainer
Essential QualityLuis SaezBrad Cox
Hot Rod CharlieFlavien PratDoug O'Neill
RombauerJohn VelazquezMichael W.McCarthy
Rock Your WorldJoel RosarioJohn Sadler
Known AgendaIrad Ortiz Jr.Todd Pletcher
Rebel’s RomanceWilliam BuickCharles Appleby
Promise KeeperLuiz SaezTodd Pletcher
Brooklyn StrongUmberto RispoliDaniel Velazquez
BourbonicKendrick CarmoucheTodd Pletcher
Go de InaJoel RosarioHideyuki Mori
OvertookJohn R. VelazquezTodd Pletcher

 

The lineup so far seems to be exciting for the Belmont Stakes. Sadly, we will have no horse with wins in both the Derby and Preakness this year. Although we still have the Preakness Stakes winner, there’s a slim chance the Derby winner, Medina Spirit, will join the event. Either way, who do you think will win the Belmont Trophy?

Nathan Franklin

About myself, I am an active father of two, who loves running marathons and mud runs. As a boy, I used to watch as horses from a nearby farm passed by my house and fell in love. I have been writing about horses for sports and hobbyists for several years.