Ranking the Belmont Stakes winners since Affirmed's Triple Crown

Ranking the Belmont Stakes winners since Affirmed's Triple Crown
Photo: Joan Fairman Kanes/Eclipse Sportswire

While the racing world waits with bated breath for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, and to see if California Chrome can join racing immortality in 12 days, I decided to have a little fun with the classic race. There have been 35 winners of the Belmont Stakes since Affirmed outgamed Alydar to become the eleventh winner of the Triple Crown. Today I took on the unenviable task of ranking them 1 through 35. The basis for the ranking was on their overall racing career and a blending of excellence and accomplishments. Have fun and please let me know where you think I may have gone astray...

1. Easy Goer 20-14-5-1

2. Point Given 13-9-3-0

3. Risen Star 11-8-2-1

4. A.P. Indy 11-8-0-1

5. Afleet Alex 12-8-2-1

6. Conquistador Cielo 13-9-0-2

7. Swale 14-9-2-2

8. Coastal 14-8-1-3

9. Thunder Gulch 16-9-2-2

10. Rags to Riches 7-5-1-0

11. Bet Twice 26-10-6-4

12. Empire Maker 8-4-3-1

13. Hansel 14-7-2-3

14. Lemon Drop Kid 24-10-3-3

15. Victory Gallop 17-9-5-1

16. Palace Malice 15-6-4-1

17. Summer Bird 8-4-1-1

18. Tabasco Cat 18-8-3-2

19. Union Rags 8-5-1-1

20. Birdstone 9-5-0-0

21. Touch Gold 15-6-3-1

22. Crème Fraiche 64-17-12-13

23. Drosselmeyer 16-5-5-2

24. Danzig Connection 17-6-5-4

25. Temperance Hill 31-11-4-2

26. Colonial Affair 20-7-4-3

27. Caveat 21-6-4-3

28. Go and Go 15-6-0-2

29. Summing 23-7-5-1

30. Editor’s Note 31-6-4-3

31. Jazil 11-2-5-0

32. Ruler On Ice 22-4-5-3

33. Sarava 17-3-3-0

34. Commendable 12-2-1-1

35. Da’ Tara 17-2-5-2

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His new racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing show, HorseCenter and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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