The Belmont Stakes is the final leg of the Triple Crown in North American horse racing.
It was first run in 1867 and it is the longest of the three races at 1 1.2 miles (12 furlongs). Many observers believe this extra distance is what makes completing the Triple Crown such an impressive achievement.
The race is also known as "The Run for the Carnations" as the winning horse is draped with a blanket of white carnations. The blanket is made from around 700 carnations and weighs in at around 40 pounds.
Held at Belmont Park in New York, this race takes place three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. The course record is held by Secretariat at 2:24.00 in 1973, when the greatest horse in history completed the Triple Crown, all in course record times that still stand today.
The total prize fund is the same as at the Preakness at $1.5 million, but the winning horse gets slightly less in the region of $800,000.
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