The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that the purse for the 146th
running of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of thoroughbred racing's
Triple Crown to be run on June 7, 2014, will be $1.5 million. The
Belmont had previously offered a purse of $1 million since 1998.
other two races that comprise the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby
Presented by Yum! Brands and the Preakness Stakes, currently offer
purses of $2 million and $1.5 million, respectively. Earlier this month,
Maryland Jockey Club officials announced that the Preakness purse would
be raised $500,000 from the $1 million that had been offered since
Belmont Stakes is the main attraction of the biggest day of the year at
Belmont Park, and we feel this increase suitably reflects the race's
status as one of the sport's prestigious Triple Crown events," said
Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for NYRA. "I
am grateful to Steven Duncker, Bobby Flay, Barry Ostrager, Leonard
Riggio and Rick Violette of the NYRA Racing Committee for their help and
cooperation in making this increase possible."
purse for the 2014 Belmont Stakes will be divided amongst the first
eight finishers with $800,000 to the winner, $280,000 to second,
$150,000 to third, $100,000 to fourth, $60,000 to fifth, $45,000 to
sixth, $35,000 to seventh, and $30,000 to eighth. In recent years, the
Belmont Stakes purse had been shared amongst the first five finishers on
a 60-20-11-6-3 percent basis.
Stakes runners represent the very best of their respective foal crops,"
said NYRA Stakes Coordinator Andrew Byrnes. "This purse increase helps
ensure the fullest, most competitive field possible, and even an owner
whose horse finishes eighth can earn good purse money for his or her