The Belmont Stakes is an American Grade I stakes race held each June at the Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The Belmont Stakes race is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, following 5 weeks after the Kentucky Derby event, and 3 weeks after the Preakness Stakes. It is a 1.5-mile i.e. 2.4 km thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old colts and the geldings carrying a weight of 126 pounds i.e. 57 kg and for the fillies with a weight of 121 pounds which makes 55 kg.
The audience at the Belmont Stakes ranks fourth in North America and usually surpasses the audience of all other stakes races which includes the Breeders' Cup. The attendance of the Belmont Stakes only trails the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Oaks. The Belmont Stakes is also known as the "Run for the Carnations" as the blanket of white carnations that is draped over the winner's neck. The 1st Belmont Stakes event was held at the Jerome Park Racetrack in The Bronx, which was built in the 1866 by stock market speculator named Leonard Jerome (1817–1891) and financed by the August Belmont, Sr. (1816–1890) for whom the race was named as the Belmont Stakes.The Belmont Stakes is an American Trade I Stakes Thoroughbred Horse Race. It is 1.5 mile horse race. It held every June in Belmont Park, Elmont New York. It has the maximum field of 16 horses. The first Belmont Stakes Race was held at Jerome Park Racetrack which was built in 1866. This race was named after the name of August Belmont who financed this park. Belmont Racetrack was closed and the race was cancelled in 1911-1912. During the renovation of Belmont Park from 1963 to 1967 the race was held at Aqueduct racetrack. In 1984 Sarah Lundy became the first female trainer to saddle a horse in Belmont Stakes. This race is the third and the final leg of Triple Crown, following five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. The Belmont Stakes Race is called the “Run for the Carnations” because the winning horse is blanketed by white carnations. Through 1996 the post-parade song was “Sidewalks of New York”. From 1997 to 2009 the song was changed, the audience was invited to sing The Theme for New York, New York. In 2010 the song was Empire State of Mind. The channel involve in the broadcast of Belmont Race is ESPN on ABC. In 2002 race had the biggest attendance in the Park’s history with 103,222. The attendance at the Belmont stakes ranked fourth in North America, which usually surpasses the attendance of all other Stakes Races. In 2011 Belmont Stakes Race will be held on 11th of June.