Winners

The Belmont Stakes has been run 146 times since its inaugural year in 1867, with the winners claiming over half of the $1.5 million purse available on race day. This race is also the final leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, and the last Belmont Stakes winner to take home this distinction was Affirmed in 1978. The most recent winner of the Belmont Stakes was Tonalist in 2014. 

Other notable winners include Seattle Slew (1977), Secretariat (1973), Citation (1948), Gallant Fox (1930), and Peter Pan (1906). The legendary Secretariat still holds the race record, finishing with a 31-length margin of victory at 2:24.00. The fastest time in the new millennium was set by Point Given (2001) at 2:26.80 which matched the marks set by Affirmed and Tabasco Cat (1994). 

Only nine horses of foreign origin have been Belmont Stakes winners. However, only England, Ireland and Canada have submitted Belmont Stakes winners. The last was Victory Gallop in 1998, a Canadian stud.

The Belmont Stakes is open to three-year-old geldings with the strong majority of entries taken by colts. Only three fillies have been Belmont Stakes winners. These include Ruthless (1867), Tanya (1905) and Rags to Riches (2007).

Below is a list of Belmont Stakes winners dating back to 1978.

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

2014

Tonalist

Joel Rosario

Christophe Clement

Robert S. Evans

2013

Palace Malice

Mike Smith

Todd Pletcher

Dogwood Stable

2012

Union Rags

John Velazquez

Michael Matz

Phyllis M. Wyeth

2011

Ruler on Ice

Jose Valdivia, Jr.

Kelly Breen

George and Lori Hall

2010

Drosselmeyer

Mike Smith

William Mott

WinStar Farm LLC

2009

Summer Bird

Kent Desormeaux

Tim Ice

Jayaraman

2008

Da’Tara

Alan Garcia

Nick Zito

Robert V. LaPenta

2007

Rags to Riches

John Velazquez

Todd Pletcher

M. Tabor & D. Smith

2006

Jazil

Fernando Jara

Kiaran McLaughlin

Shadwell Farm

2005

Afleet Alex

Jeremy Rose

Timothy Ritchey

Cash is King LLC

2004

Birdstone

Edgar Prado

Nick Zito

Marylou Whitney Stables

2003

Empire Maker

Jerry Bailey

Robert Frankel

Juddmonte Farms

2002

Sarava

Edgar Prado

Kenneth McPeek

New Phoenix Stable

2001

Point Given

Gary Stevens

Bob Baffert

The Thoroughbred Corp.

2000

Commendable

Pat Day

D. Wayne Lukas

Bob & Beverly Lewis

1999

Lemon Drop Kid

Jose Santos

Scotty Schulhofer

Jeanne G. Vance

1998

Victory Gallop

Gary Stevens

W. Elliott Walden

Prestonwood Farm

1997

Touch Gold

Chris McCarron

David Hofmans

Frank Stronach

1996

Editor’s Note

Rene R. Douglas

D. Wayne Lukas

Overbrook Farm

1995

Thunder Gulch

Gary Stevens

D. Wayne Lukas

Michael Tabor

1994

Tabasco Cat

Pat Day

D. Wayne Lukas

Reynolds/Overbrook

1993

Colonial Affair

Julie Krone

Scotty Schulhofer

Centennial Farms

1992

A.P. Indy

Ed Delahoussaye

Neil Drysdale

Tomonori Tsurumaki

1991

Hansel

Jerry Bailey

Frank L. Brothers

Lazy Lane Farm

1990

Go And Go

Michael Kinane

Dermot K. Weld

Moyglare Stud Farm

1989

Easy Goer

Pat Day

C. R. McGaughey III

Ogden Phipps

1988

Risen Star

Ed Delahoussaye

Louie J. Roussel III

Louie J. Roussel III

1987

Bet Twice

Craig Perret

Jimmy Croll

Blanche P. Levy

1986

Danzig Connection

Chris McCarron

Woody Stephens

Henryk de Kwiatkowski

1985

Creme Fraiche

Eddie Maple

Woody Stephens

Brushwood Stables

1984

Swale

Laffit Pincay, Jr.

Woody Stephens

Claiborne Farm

1983

Caveat

Laffit Pincay, Jr.

Woody Stephens

August Belmont IV

1982

Conquistador Cielo

Laffit Pincay, Jr.

Woody Stephens

Henryk de Kwiatkowski

1981

Summing

George Martens

Luis Barrera

Charles T. Wilson, Jr.

1980

Temperence Hill

Eddie Maple

Joseph B. Cantey

Loblolly Stable

1979

Coastal

Ruben Hernandez

David A. Whiteley

William Haggin Perry

1978

Affirmed 

Steve Cauthen

Laz Barrera

Harbor View Farm