Belmont Stakes Winners

Drosselmeyer 2010 Belmont Stakes Winner

The win by the gleaming 3-year-old chestnut colt ended Smith’s 0 for 12 riding record in the Belmont, and gave Mott his first victory in a Triple Crown race. The victory reaffirmed Drosselmeyer’s talent. Purchased by WinStar Farm for $600,000, the colt started his career on turf, won two races on dirt, then went 0 for 3 in the Risen Star, Louisiana Derby and the Dwyer, where he was beaten by six lengths by Fly Down on May 8.

With neither Derby winner Super Saver nor Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky in the field, the 1½-mile Belmont looked to be a matchup of classic runner-ups — Ice Box from the Derby vs. First Dude from the Preakness.

The winning time was 2:31.57, the slowest since Thunder Gulch won in 2:32 in 1995.

Drosselmeyer 2010 Belmont Stakes Winner

Summer Bird 2009 Belmont Stakes Winner

The winner of the 2009 Belmont Stakes is Summer Bird. Mine That Bird was the favorite to win the race and came in third. Mine That Bird was dead last during the first portion of the race. Summer Bird was running in fifth place.

People talk about things happening fast like in a New York minute; perhaps we should coin the phrase “in horse racing seconds.” In a matter of seconds the playing field changed.

Mine That Bird moved up to the front to take the lead, but couldn’t hold the lead as Summer Bird out ran him and won the race. Sire Birdstone should be very proud of his offspring.

The Belmont is the final leg of the Triple Crown and the most demanding of the three races. It has been over 31 years since a horse has won the Triple Crown.

Summer Bird 2009 Belmont Stakes Winner

Da Tara 2008 Belmont Stakes Winner

Da’ Tara wins the $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7, at Belmont Park and foiled Big Brown’s attempt at becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner.

Trained by Nick Zito for Robert LaPenta, Da’ Tara covered 1 1/2 miles in 2:29.65 and paid $79, $28 and $14.80. Five lengths behind is Denis of Cork with jockey Robby Albarado aboard returned $5.40 and $4.10. Anak Nakal, under jockey Julien Leparoux, and Ready’s Echo, under jockey John Velazquez, dead-heated for third and showed $7.60 and $6.20 respectively.

Da Tara 2008 Belmont Stakes Winner

Rags To Riches 2007 Belmont Stkes Winner

Before a crowd of 46,870 under overcast skies at Belmont Park, Rags to Riches lived up to her breeding and out-gamed favored Curlin by a head to become the first filly to win the Belmont Stakesin 102 years and only the third Belmont Stakes winning filly. The previous winning fillies wereRuthless in 1867 and Tanya in 1905.

Nineteen other fillies had previously run in the Belmont Stakes. With John Velazquez as her rider for the first time, Rags to Riches also gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in a Triple Crown race. Rags to Riches completed the mile and a half trip in 2:28.74 and paid her backers $10.60 to win.

Rags To Riches 2007 Belmont Stkes Winner

Jazil 2006 Belmont Stakes Winner

The 2006 Triple Crown came to an end at Belmont Park on Saturday, when 12 hopefuls went to the gate in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1), a 1 1/2 mile trip over the main track. 6-1 shot Jazil, who was fourth in the Derby last out, rallied from last early on after a slow pace of 47.36 and 1:37.53 to collar 5-1 Bluegrass Cat at the top of the stretch and pull away to win by 1 1/4 lengths, completing the distance over a fast track in 2:27.86.

Sunriver was third and Steppenwolfer was fourth. Interestingly, all three races in the Triple Crown were won by the #8.

Jazil 2006 Belmont Stakes Winner

Afleet Alex 2005 Belmont Stakes Winner

Afleet Alex wrote his name into the history books after passing nine horses on the final turn and exploding to the front to win the 137th Running of the Belmont Stakes in front of 62,274 fans on Saturday at Belmont Park.

"I don’t want to hear any more criticism about my horse," said jockey Jeremy Rose. "He’s one of the best we’ve see in a long time." The Belmont was billed as the rematch between Derby winner Giacomo and Preakness winner Afleet Alex, and nine other horses.

Afleet Alex 2005 Belmont stakes

The Peter Pan 2004 Belmont Stakes Winner

After 12 tries trainer Nick Zito finally won the Belmont Stakes. It took 2:27 for a 36-1 Birdstone’s one-length victory to do what No horse has been able to do. Horse racing fans around the world watched the Undefeated horse smarty Jones loose for the first time in his racing carrier.

Smarty Jones had won his first eight starts, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and was trying to become the first 3-year-old to go through the Triple Crown undefeated since Seattle Slew in 1977.

For the tenth time in 26 years, a painful lesson was driven home. Winning the Triple Crown is just an extremely difficult task to accomplish.

The Peter Pan 2004 Belmont Stakes Winner