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Belmont Stakes 2012: History of Belmont Park

Belmont Stakes 2012 logo.
Photo: Kevin Creative (Kevin House)
During the 144-year history of the Belmont Stakes, the race has been held at four different racetracks. Belmont Park and the Belmont Stakes is named after a 19th century stock broker named August Belmont Sr. Belmont along with fellow stock broker Leonard Jerome created the annual race.

The Belmont Stakes was first held at Jerome Racetrack until the passing of Jerome and Belmont. Following their passing, the event was moved to Morris Racetrack and then on to Belmont Park by the early 1900’s.

Belmont Park is owned and operated by NYRA, a non-profit racing association that runs two other tracks in New York. The dirt course at Belmont measures in at 1 and ½ miles long. Belmont Park has two turf surfaces, the Widener Course – 1 and 5/8 miles, and the Inner Course – 1 and 3/16 miles.

With tickets quickly selling fast for this years event, the attendance record of 2004 has the possibility of being broken. When Smarty Jones ran for the Triple Crown, the attendance at Belmont Park was over 120,000. I’ll Have Another will try and add his name to the historic past of Belmont Park when he attempts to complete horse racing’s most prestigious crown.

 

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