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Belmont Stakes FAQ

When is the Belmont Stakes?

Post time is 6:35 p.m. Eastern for the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Race 11 on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

What type of horses run in the Belmont?

The Belmont is a Grade 1 stakes race run by 3-year-olds.

What makes the Belmont Stakes different from the other two Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness?

The Belmont Stakes is the longest of the three races that make up the Triple Crown series. While the Kentucky Derby is 1 1/4 miles and the Preakness is 1 3/16 miles, the Belmont is a massive 1 1/2 miles, at least two furlongs farther than most any 3-year-old horses have ever run.

What's the best way to follow the news about the Belmont and other major stakes races?

DRF.com will have blanket coverage on-site from Belmont Park from our team of reporters and handicappers. Go to our Belmont Stakes event page for the latest.

Where can I place bets on the Belmont and the whole race card for the day?

You can bet right here on DRF.com with DRF Bets. Bet at least $50 on the Belmont Stakes race card and get an extra 20 Deluxe racecards added to your account.

How do I get tickets to the Belmont Stakes?

Reserve a seat online here or show up early for first-come, first-serve tickets. If you'd rather stay home, the race will be broadcast on NBC and you can come to DRF.com to place your bets online with DRF Bets.

Which other stakes races are held at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day?

It's one of the best race cards of the year, featuring four Grade 1 stakes races and a pair of Grade 2 races. The Manhattan Handicap, Acorn, Just a Game, and Woody Stephens races all offer huge purses that will attract top-notch talent. You can prep for the whole race card with DRF's Ultimate Belmont Guide, featuring PPs for every race, picks, contender profiles, and more.

What traditions are associated with the Belmont Stakes?

As the oldest of the Triple Crown races, the Belmont has no shortage of traditions. The race was first run in 1867, eight years prior to the first Kentucky Derby and six years before the first Preakness. Whereas the Kentucky Derby winner gets roses and the Preakness champion gets black-eyed susans, the winner of the Belmont is given a blanket of white carnations. A similar blanket is also placed on the statue of Secretariat on race day at the track. The White Carnation also was the name of the official drink of the Belmont Stakes until 1997, when it was changed to the Belmont Breeze. The winner also gets to hold the August Belmont Memorial Cup for a whole year until next year's race. Finally, there is the white pine tree in the paddock that is rumored to be 300 years old; it is the Belmont track logo.

How many Kentucky Derby-Preakness champions have failed to complete the Triple Crown in the Belmont?

There is a reason the Belmont is known as the "Test of the Champion." Twenty-one horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown only to fail in the Belmont, most recently Big Brown in 2008. Only 11 horses have won all three races. Triple Crown winners and near-misses.

If Shackleford wins the Belmont, he would have won the final two legs of the Triple Crown after losing the Kentucky Derby. How many other horses have accomplished that?

The Preakness-Belmont double has been done 15 times, including by the legendary Man o' War in 1920. In 2005, Afleet Alex finished third in the Kentucky Derby before winning the last two legs of the Triple Crown.

If Animal Kingdom wins, he would have won the first and third legs of the Triple Crown. How many other horses have accomplished that?

The Kentucky Derby-Belmont double has been done 11 times, most recently by Thunder Gulch in 1995. Thunder Gulch finished third in the Preakness.

What is the record time for a Belmont Stakes winner?

Secretariat owns the world record for 1 1/2 miles on dirt, a mark he set in his 1973 Belmont Stakes tour de force. Big Red won by 31 lengths while circling the huge track in 2:24.

Do the same horses run in the Belmont as in the Preakness and Kentucky Derby?

Not usually, but 2011 might mark the first time that the top seven finishers from the Kentucky Derby -- Animal Kingdom, Nehro, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford, Master of Hounds, Santiva, and Brilliant Speed -- will match up again in the Belmont. Combined with horses that ran in the Preakness, there will only be three or four new shooters in a field of 12 or 13 in this year's Belmont.

Who is the favorite to win this year's Belmont?

DRF national handicapper Mike Watchmaker has installed Animal Kingdom as a 5-2 favorite, with Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro behind him at 7-2. Get Watchmaker's Belmont odds and see who is likely to be in the Belmont field.

Where can I find a list of the previous Belmont winners?

DRF's Belmont Stakes history page, with winners, winning times, and purses.

Where can I find betting information on the Belmont?

Come back to DRF.com for Belmont preview coverage, including breaking news, video analysis by our expert handicappers, and more. You can find profiles of all the contenders and complete Past Performance data in our Ultimate Belmont Guide.