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Belmont Stakes Race Results - 2018 Belmont Park Champions

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Belmont Stakes Past Winners and Results

After the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and the Preakness at Pimlico, horse racing bettors and fans focus on the Belmont Stakes horse race, that will features a 13-race card that begins with a first race post time of noon.

The last leg of the USA Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes, held five weeks after the Kentucky Derby at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

Find all you need to know about the Belmont Stakes horse odds, horse racing tips, race predictions, Possible Belmont Stakes runners, past performance, recent winners, race results and payouts.

Take a blast to the past with Belmont Stakes horse racing history, and Belmont Park race track information.

This year, the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9th, will again be the centerpiece of Belmont Park’s 60-day Spring/Summer Meet. - More Belmont Stakes Horse Information

2017 Belmont Stakes Winner

In 2017, Tapwrit was neck and neck all the way through the race with leader and favorite Irish War Cry, but needed one extra gear to pass him. He found it on the backstretch when he and Irish War Cry passed the rest of the field and Tapwrit turned on another gear, passing Irish War Cry to take the victory in the 149th Belmont Stakes.

2016 Belmont Stakes Winner

In 2016, Creator ran the race of his life and caught the frontrunner at the wire to win the most prestigious race on the day.

Creator stormed from behind to surge past Destin and win the third Triple Crown race by a nose. He finished with a time of 2:28:51 and took home the fourth nose finish in the race's history.

2015 Belmont Stakes Winner

Tonalist wins 146th Belmont StakesAfter years of triple crown contenders tried and failed, American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza, made history on Saturday, winning the 2015 Belmont Stakes to secure horse racing's first Triple Crown in 37 years.

American Pharoah was the first horse to win all three of the Triple Crown races, since Affirmed in 1978, and the 12th all-time.

American Pharoah started slowly out of the gate, but quickly recovered and then pulled away at the end. The horse finished the 1½-mile race with a winning time of 2:26.65, holding off Frosted and Keen Ice down the stretch.

It was the first career Belmont win for jockey Victor Espinoza, and the second for trainer Bob Baffert, who also won in New York with Point Given in 2001. The fourth time proved to be the charm for Baffert, who saw his horses win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes three times previously 1997, 1998 and 2002, only to lose in the Belmont Stakes.

2014 Belmont Stakes Winner

In 2014: Tonalist wins 146th Belmont Stakes and denies California Chrome a Triple Crown.

Tonalist at 12-1 odds, won the 2014 Belmont Stakes, making California Chrome the 13th horse in the last 36 years to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but fail to capture the Belmont.

California Chrome in post position No. 2 finished fifth, well behind Tonalist, who started at post Position No. 11. California Chromehas now joins a list that includes Big Brown (2008), Smarty Jones (2004), Funny Cide (2003) and War Emblem (2002) as horses who have fallen short of the Triple Crown at the Belmont.

2013 Belmont Stakes Winner

Belmont Stakes Winner 2013The Chestnut Colt, Palace Malice was the winner at the 2013 Belmont Stakes after outlasting the field at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Palace Malice, ridden by Mike Smith and sent off at odds of 13-1, returned $29.60, $11.20 and $6.70.

The 145th Belmont Stakes was a close race entering the final turn, when Palace Malice put on the jets and separated from the pack. Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1 1/2 miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour.

The colt owned by Cot Campbell's Dogwood Stable won by 3 1/4 lengths after passing pacesetter Oxbow. Orb made a late move but came up far short and finished third.

The win gave Todd Pletcher his second Belmont win in six years, and vindicated the trainer's support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one victory. The colt was one of a record five entries by Pletcher.

2012 Belmont Stakes Winner

Belmont Stakes Results 2012At the wire, it was Union Rags, making its run and nipping Paynter, who nearly took it wire-to-wire, to win the Belmont Stakes.

Union Rags and jockey John Valazquez not only secured the horse's first big victory but a place in Belmont history with that dramatic finish.

Union Rags skipped the Preakness and because of the Derby problems switched jockeys for the Belmont from Julien Leparoux to John Velazquez, who picked up his second Belmont victory; he won in 2007 with filly Rags to Riches.

The 3-year-old bay colt barreled through a slim opening on the rail to edge Paynter, dealing Baffert, jockey Mike Smith and owner Ahmed Zayat a third loss in this year's Triple Crown series.

Aside from his Belmont win, Union Rags also won the Fountain of Youth race this year. A third-place finish in the Florida Derby will also go in his favor.

2011 Belmont Stakes Winner

143rd Belmond Stakes Winner Ruler on Ice, ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., shocked in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Stay Thirsty by three-quarters of a length on a sloppy track. Brilliant Speed finished third.

“We had a half-mile to go, and I had a lot of horse underneath me,” Valdivia said. “I looked up at the wire and was like, Oh my god, I’m going to win the Belmont Stakes.” Ruler on Ice, a gelding trained by Kelly Breen, ran the mile and a half in 2 minutes 30.88 seconds.

He went off at odds of 24-1 and paid $51.50 on a $2 bet to win. The Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford led virtually all of the way but faded to fifth. Animal Kingdom, who won the Kentucky Derby, tripped near the start and finished sixth.

2010 Belmont Stakes

2010 Belmont Stakes An underachiever finally came through in the $1 million Belmont Stakes and gave Hall of Famers Bill Mott and Mike Smith milestones they've been seeking for decades.

Drosselmeyer, left out of the Kentucky Derby because he failed to earn enough money, outlasted a couple of Dudes and held off Fly Down by three-quarters of a length to win the final leg of the Triple Crown.

The win by the gleaming 3-year-old chestnut colt ended Smith's 0 for 12 riding record in the Belmont, and gave Mott his first victory in a Triple Crown race.

With neither Derby winner Super Saver nor Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky in the field, the 1½-mile Belmont looked to be a matchup of classic runner-ups -- Ice Box from the Derby vs. First Dude from the Preakness.

First Dude took the lead, but couldn't hold off Drosselmeyer in the stretch and finished third after giving way to Fly Down in the final strides.

2009 Belmont Stakes Winner

2009 Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who finished second twice before at the Belmont Stakes, wins the 2009 Belmont Stakes riding Summer Bird.

The other bird, Mine That Bird, hung back for most of the race and then made an early move maybe a bit too early to push for the lead but ended up taking third place and still in the money. Dunkirk finished in second place.

"He was fighting it just a little bit, " jockey Calvin Borel said on Mine That Bird. "I didn't want to fight him too much." Summer Bird, the 11/1 odds to win the 2009 Belmont Stakes, becomes the surprise winner of the Belmont Stakes and denies jockey Calvin Borel his own 'Triple Crown.'

Bred by owners Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman out of the mare Hong Kong Squall and a daughter of 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall, Summer Bird has raced only four times in his entire career.

140th Belmont Stakes Visa triple crown winner 2008

Da'Tara wins Belmont to deny Big Brown Triple Crown Da'Tara wins Belmont to deny Big Brown Triple Crown. Da' Tara won the Belmont Stakes, spoiling favorite Big Brown's bid to become the first winner of horse racing's Triple Crown in 30 years.

Da' Tara, ridden by Alan Garcia, went wire-to-wire and won by 5 1/2 lengths in 2:29.65 with Denis of Cork second. There was a dead heat for third between Anak Nakal and Ready's Echo.

Big Brown didn't respond at the urging of jockey Kent Desormeaux in the final turn and was pulled up.

The previously undefeated colt finished last in the 140th running of the 1 1/2- mile race, the longest of the Triple Crown events.

139th Belmont Stakes Visa triple crown winner 2007

138 Belmont Stakes Winner Before a crowd of 46,870 under overcast skies at Belmont Park, Rags to Riches lived up to her breeding and out-gamed favored Curlin by a head to become the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes in 102 years and only the third Belmont Stakes winning filly.

The previous winning fillies were Ruthless in 1867 and Tanya in 1905.

Nineteen other fillies had previously run in the Belmont Stakes.

With John Velazquez as her rider for the first time, Rags to Riches also gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in a Triple Crown race.

Rags to Riches completed the mile and a half trip in 2:28.74 and paid her backers $10.60 to win.

# Horse Jockey Weight Win Place Show
7 Rags to Riches Velazquez J R 121 10.60 4.40 3.20
3 Curlin Albarado R J 126   3.00 2.30
2 Tiago Smith M E 126     3.70
  • Times in 5ths: :243 :50 1:151 1:401 2:283
  • Times in 100ths: :24.74 :50.14 1:15.32 1:40.23 2:28.74
  • Also ran: Hard Spun, C P West, Imawildandcrazyguy and Slew's Tizzy
  • Winning Trainer: Pletcher Todd
  • Owner: Tabor, Michael B. and Smith, Derrick

$2 - Exacta (7-3) Paid $25.20

$2 - Trifecta (7-3-2) Paid $131.50

$2 - Superfecta (7-3-2-6) Paid $242.50

$2 - Daily Double (7-7) Paid $53.00 Daily Double Pool $506,506

$2 - Pick 3 (4-7-7) 3 Correct Paid $468.00 Pick 3 Pool $597,732

$2 - Pick 4 (4-4-7-7) 4 Correct Paid $5,472.00 Pick 4 Pool $1,708,265

$2 - Pick 6 (4-2-4-4-7-7) 5 Correct Paid $3,344.00 Pick 6 Pool

$2 - Pick 6 (4-2-4-4-7-7) 6 Correct Paid $417,207.00 Pick 6 Pool $1,312,24

138th Belmont Stakes Visa triple crown winner 2006

138 Belmont Stakes Winner The 2006 Triple Crown came to an end at Belmont Park on Saturday 10th, when 12 hopefuls went to the gate in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1), a 1 1/2 mile trip over the main track.

6-1 shot Jazil, who was fourth in the Derby last out, rallied from last early on after a slow pace of 47.36 and 1:37.53 to collar 5-1 Bluegrass Cat at the top of the stretch and pull away to win by 1 1/4 lengths, completing the distance over a fast track in 2:27.86.

Sunriver was third and Steppenwolfer was fourth. Interestingly, all three races in the Triple Crown were won by the #8.

137th Belmont Stakes Visa triple crown winner 2005

Belmont Stakes Winner It was an exciting day at Belmont Park as Afleet Alex drew off to win by 7 lengths in the 2005 Belmont Stakes.

He was bet down to odds of 1.15-1 as the favorite and was a very popular winner with the crowd. Nick Zito's Andromeda's Hero rallied for second and maiden Nolan's Cat shocked everyone, except perhaps his owners, by coming from last to take third.

Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo flipped his palate and was unable to breath properly, fading to finish 7th.

136th Belmont Stakes Visa triple crown winner 2004

136th Belmont Stakes Visa triple crown winner 2004 After 12 tries trainer Nick Zito finally won the Belmont Stakes.

It took 2:27 for a 36-1 Birdstone’s one-length victory to do what No horse has been able to do. Horse racing fans around the world watched the Undefeated horse smarty Jones loose for the first time in his racing carrier.

Smarty Jones had won his first eight starts, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and was trying to become the first 3-year-old to go through the Triple Crown undefeated since Seattle Slew in 1977.

For the tenth time in 26 years, a painful lesson was driven home. Winning the Triple Crown is just an extremely difficult task to accomplish.

135th Belmont stakes triple crown winner 2003

135th Belmont stakes triple crown winner 2003 Empire Maker, the Kentucky Derby favorite, rallied his way to a 3/4 length victory over Ten Most Wanted while Funny Cide finished a distant third.

The time for the 1 1/2 miles was 2:28.26 over a sloppy Belmont Park track.

Once again there is no Triple Crown winner. Empire Maker has won the 135th Belmont Stakes to keep Funny Cide from becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner.

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