The 2022 Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday 11th June at Belmont Park in New York and is the third and final leg of America's Triple Crown, following the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
The Belmont, dubbed 'The Test of Champions' or 'The Run for the Carnations', is the traditional third and final leg of the Triple Crown and takes place in mid-June each year.
The increased distance compared to the opening two legs means the Belmont is the ultimate three-year-old test of stamina for the Classic generation in the United States.
The Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday 11th June 2022 and will be the 154th running of the great race. The scheduled post-time for the Belmont Stakes is 23:44 UK.
The 'Run for the Carnations' takes place at Belmont Racecourse in Elmont, Nassau County in the state of New York. With its large, wide, sweeping turns and the long home stretch, Belmont Park is widely regarded as being one of the fairest tracks in the United States.
The Belmont Stakes is run over a mile-and-a-half distance, one full lap of the left-handed dirt track. The prize fund for the 2022 Belmont Stakes is forecast to be $1.5million.
The Belmont Stakes will be shown live on Sky Sports Racing in the UK, while punters can also catch the action from New York via our Sports Live Streaming platform.
The record is held by James G. Rowe Sr. (1883, 1884, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1913), who trained eight Belmont Stakes winners in and around the turn of the 19th century, including when the race was run at Morris Park in Westchester, NY.
Of those engaged in the 2022 renewal, Todd Pletcher (2007, 2013, 2017) has fared best with three wins.
European raiders in the Belmont Stakes are few and far between. Irish trainer Dermot Weld won with Go And Go in 1990, ridden by Mick Kinane - and that remains the most recent success for any UK or Ireland-based handler.
The record for winning rides is jointly held by Jim McLaughlin (1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888) and Eddie Arcaro (1941, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1955) with six wins each.
Since the year 2000, Mike Smith (2010, 2013, 2018) has done best with three wins, with John Velazquez (2007, 2012) winning twice.
The race has been run at different distances, most recently in 2020 when the race was run as the first leg of the Triple Crown due to the pandemic as Tiz The Law won.
However, for records, 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat stands tall, posting a time of 2:24:00 in his Belmont won as he thrashed the field by a massive 31-lengths.
Secretariat also holds the fastest half-mile-, three-quarter-mile, mile, and mile-and-a-quarter fractions in Belmont history, so dominant was his display.
That honour is reserved for 2002 winner Sarava, trained by Kenny McPeek and ridden by Edgar Prado. He was sent off a rank-outsider at 70/1 for the Belmont as Bob Baffert's War Emblem was hotly-fancied to complete the Triple Crown.
The favourite stumbled leaving the gates, essentially losing all chance, leaving Sarava to run down Medaglia d'Oro in the home stretch for a massive upset.
|2013||Palace Malice||Mike Smith|
Irad Ortiz Jr
|2019||Sir Winston||Joel Rosario|
|2020||Tiz The Law||Manny Franco|
|2021||Essential Quality||Luis Saez|
Connections of Rich Strike caused quite a stir in opting to skip the Preakness on the back of winning the Kentucky Derby, thus ensuring there was no Triple Crown attempt.
However, the daring last-to-first winner of the Churchill Downs Classic is priced at 4/1 for the Belmont and trainer Eric Reed has indicated he will be in New York.
Mo Donegal won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial earlier in the season for Todd Pletcher and rider Irad Ortiz Jr and is 9/4 for the Belmont after finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby last out.
We The People for trainer Rodolphe Brisset at odds of 7/2 is also towards the front of the market and he was last spotted winning the Peter Pan Stakes at Pimlico on 22nd May.
The likes of Creative Minister at 13/2 for Kenny McPeek and Kentucky Derby sixth Barber Road at 12/1 for John Ortiz are capable of making their mark in the Belmont, while the only filly in the mix is Nest at 8/1.
She was second in the Kentucky Oaks last month and gives trainer Pletcher a strong second string to his bow in pursuit of a fourth Belmont Stakes success.