Because the 1978 Belmont Stakes started, all eyes have been on the 2 thoroughbreds who make up one of many biggest rivalries within the historical past of horse racing: Affirmed and Alydar. The race was held at Belmont Park and was the third and ultimate leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Affirmed had gained the earlier two legs of the Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes), with Alydar ending second in each. The race started at a gradual tempo, heating up solely when the 2 favorites broke away from the sector. They spent the ultimate Three/four of a mile nearly lifeless even, with Affirmed ultimately successful by a nostril to turn into horse racing’s 11th Triple Crown winner. Within the almost 32 years since Affirmed’s basic win on the Belmont Stakes, no horse has been in a position to win a Triple Crown. Time after time, the race held at Belmont Park has foiled the Triple Crown plans of numerous horses. As a result of it’s the ultimate leg of the Triple Crown, it’s sometimes called the “Test of Champions” – win the Belmont, win the Triple Crown. Since 1978, the check has been failed by the eleven horses who’ve entered the race after successful the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Belmont Park, positioned in Elmont, New York, has hosted the Belmont Stakes because it opened in 1905. Previous to Belmont Park’s opening, the race was held at Jerome Park (1867-1889) and Morris Park (1890-1904). The primary race was financed by August Belmont, Sr., for whom the race was named. Belmont Park can be probably named after him, though some consider it was named after his son, August Belmont, Jr., who performed a serious function in constructing the racecourse. Belmont Park options the most important filth monitor in thoroughbred racing at 1.5 miles. It’s a quarter mile longer than the monitor at Churchill Downs (dwelling of the Kentucky Derby) and 5/16 of a mile longer than the monitor at Pimlico Race Course (dwelling of the Preakness). The unusually lengthy distance of the course offers a problem for its racers. The required age for horses taking part within the Belmont Stakes is Three, and lots of Three-year-olds have by no means raced at that distance. This leads to races which yield surprises at a extra constant fee than the opposite two Triple Crown races, resembling when Rags to Riches gained the race in 2007, changing into the primary successful filly in over a century. There have been many different historic horse racing occasions which have taken place at Belmont Park. In 1973, Secretariat completed his Triple Crown bid by successful the Belmont Stakes by a report 31 lengths. His time of two:24.00 continues to be a race report. In 1975, Ruffian, a filly, entered the Belmont Stakes undefeated in her earlier ten races. Her greatest risk was that 12 months’s Kentucky Derby winner, Silly Pleasure. The race was deemed the “Equine Battle of the Sexes” and was some of the anticipated sporting occasions of the 12 months. The race ended tragically when Ruffian’s leg snapped whereas she was within the lead. The horse was ultimately euthanized and is now buried in Belmont Park’s infield. In 2004, a crowd of 120,139 packed into Belmont Park to see if Smarty Jones can be the primary Triple Crown winner in 26 years. The quantity was the most important in New York Racing historical past. The race ended up being gained by 36-1 lengthy shot Birdstone with Smarty Jones ending second. Belmont Park has been the topic of reconstruction in its 105-year historical past. From 1963-1967, the Belmont Stakes was held at close by Aqueduct Racetrack whereas the Park was rebuilt. Regardless of the adjustments it has undergone, it has been in a position to keep a number of remnants of the outdated park. The railings surrounding the horses’ strolling rings are remnants of Outdated Belmont Park, as are the 4 stone pillars displayed on close by Hempstead Turnpike.