Online Gambling Gearing Up for Belmont Stakes

Published Monday, May 25, 2009 -

June 06 2009 marks the running of the final and most demanding leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont New York.

The race is named after August Belmont who had been a leading banker and racing man of the 19th century. He was also the first President of the Jockey Club in 1867. The first Belmont in the United States was not the famous stakes race or even the man for whom it is named. Rather, the first Belmont was a race horse that arrived in California in 1853 from his breeding grounds of Franklin, Ohio. Obviously, Mr. Belmont was also quite involved in horse racing, and his imprint is even intertwined within the history of the Kentucky Derby. One thing the Belmont does have over the Derby is that it is the oldest of the three Triple Crown events. The Belmont predates the Preakness by six years, the Belmont Stakes by eight. The first running of the Belmont Stakes was in 1867 at Jerome Park and it is the fourth oldest race overall in North America. The Phoenix Stakes, now run in the fall at Keeneland as the Phoenix Breeders' Cup, was first run in 1831. The Queen's Plate in Canada made its debut in 1860, while the Travers in Saratoga opened in 1864. However, since there were gaps in sequence for the Travers, the Belmont is third only to the Phoenix and Queen's Plate in total runnings.

Secretariat's amazing 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes established the world record for a mile and a half at 2:24. With his win in the Belmont, he became the ninth horse to capture the Triple Crown. Horse racing has not seen a Triple Crown champion since 1978, when Affirmed swept the three-race series.

With the attendance capacity at Belmont Park of 85,000 to 90,000 it is a sure bet that there will be big excitement in the air as the race gets underway. Online gambling sites are gearing up for the wave of wagering that is coming for the Belmont Stakes Race. Sites like Bodog Racebook are already offering opinions.

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