Belmont Stakes Information
The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. The annual event takes place in Elmont New York at Belmont Park, which has been around since 1867. The track is dirt, left-handed 1 1/2 miles long. The attendance rate of the Belmont Stakes ranks fourth in all of thoroughbred horse racing, behind the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Breeders Cup. Year by year the winner of the Belmont receives the blanket of white carnations, which explains its "Run for the Carnations" nickname. In 2009 jockey Kent Desormeaux edged out the rest of the group with Summer Bird as his horse.