Belmont Stakes Winners

In 2008, Da’Tara, with jockey Alan Garcia and trainer Nick Zito, claimed the crown at the Belmont Stakes on 7 June 2008. With odds of  38-1, Da’ Tara’s win caused quite a stir at Belmont Park. Rags To Riches, trained by Todd Pletcher, became the first filly since 1905 to win the Belmont Stakes, beating Curlin by a head. Crowd favourite, Big Brown’s hopes for a triple crown were dashed, as the horse finished in last position. See 2007 Belmont Stakes for details.

Belmont Stakes Winners in the 2000s

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

2008 Da’Tara Alan Garcia Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta Jr. 2:29.65
2007 Rags to Riches John Velazquez Todd Pletcher M. Tabor & D. Smith 2:28.74
2006 Jazil Fernando Jara Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Farm 2:27.81
2005 Afleet Alex Jeremy Rose Tim Ritchey Cash is King LLC 2:28.75
2004 Birdstone Edgar Prado Nick Zito Marylou Whitney Stables 2:27.50
2003 Empire Maker Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:28.26
2002 Sarava Edgar Prado Kenneth McPeek New Phoenix Stable 2:29.71
2001 Point Given Gary Stevens Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 2:26.80
2000 Commendable Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 2:31.20

Belmont Stakes Winners from 1980 to 2000

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

2000 Commendable Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 2:31.20
1999 Lemon Drop Kid Jose Santos Scotty Schulhofer Jeanne G. Vance 2:27.80
1998 Victory Gallop Gary Stevens Elliott Walden Prestonwood Farm 2:29.00
1997 Touch Gold Chris McCarron David Hofmans Frank Stronach 2:28.80
1996 Editor’s Note Rene R. Douglas D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 2:28.80
1995 Thunder Gulch Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 2:32.00
1994 Tabasco Cat Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas D. P. Reynolds & Overbrook 2:26.80
1993 Colonial Affair Julie Krone Scotty Schulhofer Centennial Farms 2:29.80
1992 A.P. Indy Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Tomonori Tsurumaki 2:26.00
1991 Hansel Jerry Bailey Frank Brothers Lazy Lane Farm 2:28.00
1990 Go And Go Michael Kinane Dermot K. Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:27.20
1989 Easy Goer Pat Day C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 2:26.00
1988 Risen Star Ed Delahoussaye Louie Roussel III Louie Roussel III 2:26.40
1987 Bet Twice Craig Perret Jimmy Croll Blanche P. Levy 2:28.20
1986 Danzig Connection Chris McCarron Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 2:29.80
1985 Creme Fraiche Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Brushwood Stables 2:27.00
1984 Swale Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 2:27.20
1983 Caveat Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens August Belmont IV 2:27.80
1982 Conquistador Cielo Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 2:28.20
1981 Summing George Martens Luis Barrera Charles T. Wilson, Jr. 2:29.00
1980 Temperence Hill Eddie Maple Joseph B. Cantey Loblolly Stable 2:29.80

In 1995, jockey D. Wayne Lukas won all three Triple Crown races, but with two different horses – Thunder Gulch and Timber Country.

Early Belmont Stakes Winners

In 1973, Secretariat set not only a record time for the Belmont Stakes, but a world record at 2:24 flat for 1½ miles. Secretariat’s winning distance of 31 lengths in the race also set the record for all American Grade 1 stakes races

*Names of Triple Crown winners display in bold.

1979 – Coastal1978 – Affirmed1977 – Seattle Slew1976 – Bold Forbes1975 – Avatar

1974 – Little Current

1973 – Secretariat

1972 – Riva Ridge

1971 – Pass Catcher

1970 – High Echelon

1969 – Arts and Letters

1968 – Stage Door Johnny

1967 – Damascus

1966 – Amberoid

1965 – Hail To All

1964 – Quadrangle

1963 – Chateaugay

1962 – Jaipur

1961 – Sherluck

1960 – Celtic Ash

1959 – Sword Dancer

1958 – Cavan

1957 – Gallant Man

1956 – Needles

1955 – Nashua

1954 – High Gun

1953 – Native Dancer

1952 – One Count

1951 – Counterpoint

1950 – Middleground

1949 – Capot

1948 – Citation

1947 – Phalanx

1946 – Assault

1945 – Pavot

1944 – Bounding Home

1943 – Count Fleet

1942 – Shut Out

1903 – Africander1902 – Masterman1901 – Commando1900 – Ildrim1899 – Jean Bereaud1898 – Bowling Brook1897 – Scottish Chieftain

1896 – Hastings

1895 – Belmar

1894 – Henry of Navarre

1893 – Commanche

1892 – Patron

1891 – Foxford

1890 – Burlington

1889 – Eric

1888 – Sir Dixon

1887 – Hanover

1886 – Inspector B

1885 – Tyrant

1884 – Panique

1883 – George Kinney

1882 – Forester

1881 – Saunterer

1880 – Grenada

1879 – Spendthrift

1878 – Duke of Magenta

1877 – Cloverbrook

1876 – Algerine

1875 – Calvin

1874 – Saxon

1873 – Springbok

1872 – Joe Daniels

1871 – Harry Bassett

1870 – Kingfisher

1869 – Fenian

1868 – General Duke

1867 – Ruthless

The last Triple Crown win was in 1978 – making it a full 30 years since a horse managed this feat.

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