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We’re looking back over the entire history of Belmont Stakes winners, listing every winner since its inauguration in 1867. On this page, we tell you everything need to know about the people behind their success.

Full Belmont Stakes Winners List by Year

The Belmont Stakes has been taking place for over a century and a half. With the ever-growing popularity of betting on the race with top Belmont Stakes racebooks, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Read on to discover each and every winner, presented in easy to digest chunks of around 20-25 years. Any Triple Crown winners are marked in bold.

20 Most Recent Winners of the Belmont Stakes

previous Belmont Stakes winners include Union Rags

Let’s start with the most recent Belmont race winners. In 2015, American Pharoah ended a wait for a Triple Crown winner that stretched back to 1978.

The next one was much shorter, as Justify completed the Triple Crown with the Belmont in 2018. There was a new landmark set in 2023, when Jena Antonucci became the first female trainer to enjoy a win at the Belmont, with her horse Arcangelo.

Year Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
2024 Dornoch Luis Saez West Paces Racing LLC, R A Hill Stable et al Danny Gargan
2023 Arcangelo Javier Castellano Blue Rose Farm Jena M. Antonucci
2022 Mo Donegal Irad Ortiz Jr Repole Stable & Donegal Racing Todd A. Pletcher
2021 Essential Quality Luis Saez Godolphin Stables Brad H. Cox
2020 Tiz the Law Manny Franco Sackatoga Stable Barclay Tagg
2019 Sir Winston Joel Rosario Tracy Farmer Mark E. Casse
2018 Justify Mike Smith WinStar Farm Bob Baffert
2017 Tapwrit Jose Ortiz Bridlewood Farm Todd A. Pletcher
2016 Creator Irad Ortiz Jr WinStar Farm & Bobby Flay Steven M. Asmussen
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Zayat Stables, LLC Bob Baffert
2014 Tonalist Joel Rosario Robert S. Evans Christophe Clement
2013 Palace Malice Mike Smith Dogwood Stable Todd A. Pletcher
2012 Union Rags John R. Velazquez Phyllis M. Wyeth Michael Matz
2011 Ruler on Ice Jose Valdivia Jr George and Lori Hall Kelly Breen
2010 Drosselmeyer Mike Smith WinStar Farm LLC William Mott
2009 Summer Bird Kent Desormeaux Kalarikkal & Vilasnini Jayaraman Tim Ice
2008 Da’Tara Alan Garcia Robert V. LaPenta Nick Zito
2007 Rags to Riches John R. Velazquez Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Todd A. Pletcher
2006 Jazil Fernando Jara Shadwell Farm Kiaran McLaughlin
2005 Afleet Alex Jeremy Rose Cash is King LLC Timothy Ritchey

Past Belmont Stakes Winners – 1984-2004

This period started with Woody Stephens continuing a superb run in the Belmont, with the trainer saddling the winner in five consecutive years from 1982 to 1986. D. Wayne Lukas was another Hall of Famer that dominated this race, with four victories during this era including three in a row in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

In 1993, Julie Krone became the first, and thus far only, female jockey to win a Triple Crown race, turning Belmont Stakes payouts on their head as she triumphed aboard Colonial Affair. Here are the Belmont winners at the start of the Breeders’ Cup era:

Year Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
2004 Birdstone Edgar Prado Marylou Whitney Stables Nick Zito
2003 Empire Maker Jerry Bailey Juddmonte Farms Robert Frankel
2002 Sarava Edgar Prado New Phoenix Stable Kenneth McPeek
2001 Point Given Gary Stevens The Thoroughbred Corp Bob Baffert
2000 Commendable Pat Day Bob & Beverly Lewis D. Wayne Lukas
1999 Lemon Drop Kid Jose A. Santos Jeanne G. Vance Scotty Schulhofer
1998 Victory Gallop Gary Stevens Prestonwood Farm W. Elliot Walden
1997 Touch Gold Chris McCarron Frank Stronach David Hofmans
1996 Editor’s Note Rene R. Douglas Overbrook Farm D. Wayne Lukas
1995 Thunder Gulch Gary Stevens Michael Tabor D. Wayne Lukas
1994 Tabasco Cat Pat Day David P. Reynolds & Overbrook Farm D. Wayne Lukas
1993 Colonial Affair Julie Krone Centennial Farms Scotty Schulhofer
1992 A.P. Indy Ed Delahoussaye Tomonori Tsurumaki Neil Drysdale
1991 Hansel Jerry Bailey Lazy Lane Farm Frank L. Brothers
1990 Go And Go Michael Kinane Moyglare Stud Farm Dermot K. Weld
1989 Easy Goer Pat Day Ogden Phipps C. R. McGaughey III
1988 Risen Star Ed Delahoussaye Louie J. Roussel III Louie J. Roussel III
1987 Bet Twice Craig Perret Blanche P. Levy Jimmy Croll
1986 Danzig Connection Chris McCarron Henryk de Kwiatkowski Woody Stephens
1985 Creme Fraiche Eddie Maple Brushwood Stables Woody Stephens
1984 Swale Laffit Pincay Jr Claiborne Farm Woody Stephens

Belmont Winners List – 1963-1983

The Belmont Stakes was held at Aqueduct between 1963 and 1967, while Belmont Park was being renovated. Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, just a year after Seattle Slew managed the feat.

Even more famous than those horses, however, was Secretariat and his triumphs in 1973, setting records for the fastest time and the biggest margin of victory at the Belmont. Look back with us over a golden age for the big race and Triple Crown in general:

Year Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1983 Caveat Laffit Pincay Jr August Belmont IV Woody Stephens
1982 Conquistador Cielo Laffit Pincay Jr Henryk de Kwiatkowski Woody Stephens
1981 Summing George Martens Charles T. Wilson Jr Luis S. Barrera
1980 Temperence Hill Eddie Maple Loblolly Stable Joseph B. Cantey
1979 Coastal Ruben Hernandez William Haggin Perry David A. Whiteley
1978 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Harbor View Farm Laz Barrera
1977 Seattle Slew Jean Cruguet Karen L. Taylor William H. Turner Jr
1976 Bold Forbes Angel Cordero Jr E. Rodriguez Tizol Laz Barrera
1975 Avatar Bill Shoemaker Arthur A. Seeligson Jr Tommy Doyle
1974 Little Current Miguel A. Rivera Darby Dan Farm Lou Rondinello
1973 Secretariat Ron Turcotte Meadow Stable Lucien Laurin
1972 Riva Ridge Ron Turcotte Meadow Stud Lucien Laurin
1971 Pass Catcher Walter Blum October House Farm Eddie Yowell
1970 High Echelon John L. Rotz Ethel D. Jacobs John W. Jacobs
1969 Arts and Letters Braulio Baeza Rokeby Stables J. Elliott Burch
1968 Stage Door Johnny Heliodoro Gustines Greentree Stable John M. Gaver Sr
1967 Damascus Bill Shoemaker Edith W. Bancroft Frank Y. Whiteley Jr
1966 Amberoid William Boland Reginald N. Webster Lucien Laurin
1965 Hail To All Johnny Sellers Zelda Cohen Eddie Yowell
1964 Quadrangle Manuel Ycaza Rokeby Stables J. Elliott Burch
1963 Chateaugay Braulio Baeza Darby Dan Farm James P. Conway

Previous Belmont Stakes Winners – 1943-1962

This era saw Eddie Arcaro equal the record for the jockey that rode the most winners in the Belmont Stakes, with both he and Jim McLaughlin enjoying six victories. On one of those occasions, Arcaro partnered 1948 Triple Crown hero Citation. The legendary jockey was certainly a popular name among those learning how to bet on Belmont Stakes races around that time.

Assault (1946) and Count Fleet (1943) also followed-up on Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories in the Belmont in the mid-1940s. These are all the winners from then until the early 1960s:

Year Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1962 Jaipur Bill Shoemaker George D. Widener Jr Bert Mulholland
1961 Sherluck Braulio Baeza Jacob Sher Harold Young
1960 Celtic Ash Bill Hartack Joseph E. O’Connell Thomas J. Barry
1959 Sword Dancer Bill Shoemaker Brookmeade Stable J. Elliott Burch
1958 Cavan Pete Anderson Joseph E. O’Connell Thomas J. Barry
1957 Gallant Man Bill Shoemaker Ralph Lowe John A. Nerud
1956 Needles David Erb D & H Stable Hugh L. Fontaine
1955 Nashua Eddie Arcaro Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1954 High Gun Eric Guerin King Ranch Max Hirsch
1953 Native Dancer Eric Guerin Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr Bill Winfrey
1952 One Count Eddie Arcaro Sarah F. Jeffords Oscar White
1951 Counterpoint Dave Gorman Cornelius V. Whitney Sylvester Veitch
1950 Middleground William Boland King Ranch Max Hirsch
1949 Capot Ted Atkinson Greentree Stable John M. Gaver Sr
1948 Citation Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm Horace A. Jones
1947 Phalanx Ruperto Donoso Cornelius V. Whitney Sylvester Veitch
1946 Assault Warren Mehrtens King Ranch Max Hirsch
1945 Pavot Eddie Arcaro Walter M. Jeffords Sr Oscar White
1944 Bounding Home Gayle Smith William Ziegler Jr Matthew P. Brady
1943 Count Fleet Johnny Longden Fannie Hertz Don Cameron

Belmont Stakes Past Winners – 1923-1942

The Triple Crown was won regularly during this era. Whirlaway in 1941, War Admiral in 1937, Omaha in 1935 and Gallant Fox in 1930, all achieved this distinction. This timeline also saw a period of dominance begin from the Belair Stud. As far as top Belmont Stakes picks go, plenty came from the now famous barn.

Their six Belmont Stakes winners, which is a joint-record for any owners, started in 1930 and concluded in 1955. Owners find it difficult to dominate like that today. These are all the victorious Belmont Stakes horses from the interwar period:

Year Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1942 Shut Out Eddie Arcaro Greentree Stable John M. Gaver Sr
1941 Whirlaway Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm Ben A. Jones
1940 Bimelech Fred A. Smith Edward R. Bradley William A. Hurley
1939 Johnstown James Stout Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1938 Pateurized James Stout Carol Harriman Plunkett George M. Odom
1937 War Admiral Charley Kurtsinger Glen Riddle Farm George Conway
1936 Granville James Stout Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1935 Omaha Willie Saunders Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1934 Peace Chance Wayne D. Wright Joseph E. Widener Pete Coyne
1933 Hurryoff Mack Garner Joseph E. Widener Henry McDaniel
1932 Faireno Tommy Malley Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1931 Twenty Grand Charley Kurtsinger Greentree Stable James G. Rowe Jr
1930 Gallant Fox Earl Sande Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1929 Blue Larkspur Mack Garner Edward R. Bradley Herbert J. Thompson
1928 Vito Clarence Kummer Alfred H. Cosden Max Hirsch
1927 Chance Shot Earl Sande Joseph E. Widener Pete Coyne
1926 Crusader Albert Johnson Glen Riddle Farm George Conway
1925 American Flag Albert Johnson Glen Riddle Farm Gwyn R. Tompkins
1924 Mad Play Earl Sande Rancocas Stable Sam Hildreth
1923 Zev Earl Sande Glen Riddle Farm Sam Hildreth

Belmont Stakes Winners History & Move to Belmont Park – 1905-1922

Sir Barton became the first winner of the Triple Crown in 1919. This period is also notable for providing James G. Rowe Sr with four of his eight Belmont wins, which remains a record for any trainer.

The race moved to the newly opened Belmont Park in 1905. After anti-gambling legislation was passed in New York State, the track was closed for a time and the race cancelled in 1911 and 1912. These are all the Belmont Stakes results from this era:

Year Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1922 Pillory Charles H. Miller Richard T. Wilson Jr Thomas J. Healey
1921 Grey Lag Earl Sande Rancocas Stable Sam Hildreth
1920 Man o’War Clarence Kummer Glen Riddle Farm Louis Feustel
1919 Sir Barton Johnny Loftus J. K. L. Ross H. Guy Bedwell
1918 Johren Frank Robinson Harry P. Whitney Albert Simons
1917 Hourless James H. Butwell August Belmont Jr Sam Hildreth
1916 Friar Rock Everett Haynes August Belmont Jr Sam Hildreth
1915 The Finn George Byrne Harry C. Hallenbeck Edward W. Heffner
1914 Luke McLuke Merritt C. Buxton John W. Schorr John F. Schorr
1913 Prince Eugene Roscoe Troxler Harry P. Whitney James G. Rowe Sr
1912 No race held
1911 No race held
1910 Sweep James H. Butwell James R. Keene James G. Rowe Sr
1909 Joe Madden Eddie Dugan Sam Hildreth Sam Hildreth
1908 Colin Joe Notter James R. Keene James G. Rowe Sr
1907 Peter Pan George Mountain James R. Keene James G. Rowe Sr
1906 Burgomaster Lucien Lyne Harry P. Whitney John W. Rogers
1905 Tanya Gene Hildebrand Harry P. Whitney John W. Rogers

List of Belmont Stakes Winners from Morris Park – 1890-1904

Between 1890 and 1904, the Belmont Stakes was held at Morris Park. It was a time when James R. Keene claimed two of his six wins, which make him the owner with the joint most numbers of victories in this race, alongside Belair Stud. Let’s look back over this period from Morris Park hosting the Belmont:

Year Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1904 Delhi George M. Odom James R. Keene James G. Rowe Sr
1903 Africander John Bullman Hampton Stable Richard O. Miller
1902 Masterman John Bullman August Belmont Jr John J. Hyland
1901 Commando Henry Spencer James R. Keene James G. Rowe Sr
1900 Ildrim Nash Turner H. Eugene Leigh H. Eugene Leigh
1899 Jean Bereaud Richard Clawson Sydney Paget Sam Hildreth
1898 Bowling Brook Fred Littlefield Alfred Hennen Morris & Dave Hennen Morris R. Wyndham Walden
1897 Scottish Chieftain Joe Scherrer Marcus Daly Matt Byrnes
1896 Hastings Henry Griffin Belmont Stable John J. Hyland
1895 Belmar Fred Taral Preakness Stables Edward Feakes
1894 Henry of Navarre Willie Simms Byron McClelland Byron McClelland
1893 Comanche Willie Simms Empire Stable Gus Hannon
1892 Patron William Hayward Louis Stuart Louis Stuart
1891 Foxford Edward H. Garrison C. E. Rand Michael Donavan
1890 Burlington Shelby ‘Pike’ Barnes Hough Bros Albert Cooper

Earliest Winners of Belmont Stakes at Jerome Park – 1867-1889

The Belmont Stakes began its life at Jerome Park in 1867, which remained the venue for the event until 1889. Jim McLaughlin enjoyed six wins in seven years during this time, which makes him the joint most successful jockey.

Two of those wins came with James G. Rowe Sr as trainer. He earlier also won the Belmont as a jockey in 1872 and 1873. The only other person to win the race both as both a jockey and trainer was George M. Odom. This is the earliest history of the Belmont Stakes and its winners:

Year Belmont Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1889 Eric William Hayward A. J. Cassatt John Huggins
1888 Sir Dixon Jim McLaughlin Dwyer Bros. Stable Frank McCabe
1887 Hanover Jim McLaughlin Dwyer Bros. Stable Frank McCabe
1886 Inspector B Jim McLaughlin Dwyer Bros. Stable Frank McCabe
1885 Tyrant Patsy Duffy James B. A. Haggin William R. Claypool
1884 Panique Jim McLaughlin Dwyer Bros. Stable James G. Rowe Sr
1883 George Kinney Jim McLaughlin Dwyer Bros. Stable James G. Rowe Sr
1882 Forester Jim McLaughlin Appleby & Johnson Lewis Stewart
1881 Saunterer Tom Costello George L. Lorillard R. Wyndham Walden
1880 Grenada Lloyd Hughes George L. Lorillard R. Wyndham Walden
1879 Spendthrift George Evans James R. Keene Thomas Puryear
1878 Duke of Magenta Lloyd Hughes George L. Lorillard R. Wyndham Walden
1877 Cloverbrook Cyrus Holloway Edwin Augustus Clabaugh Jetter Walden
1876 Algerine William Donohue Doswell & Co Thomas W. Doswell
1875 Calvin Robert Swim H. Price McGrath Ansel Williamson
1874 Saxon George Barbee Pierre Lorillard IV William Pryor
1873 Springbok James G. Rowe Sr David McDaniel David McDaniel
1872 Joe Daniels James G. Rowe Sr David McDaniel David McDaniel
1871 Harry Bassett W. Miller David McDaniel David McDaniel
1870 Kingfisher Edward D. Brown Raleigh Colston Sr Raleigh Colston Sr
1869 Fenian C. Miller Jacob Pincus Jacob Pincus
1868 General Duke Robert Swim Andrew Thompson Andrew Thompson
1867 Ruthless Gilbert Patrick A. Jack Minor A. Jack Minor

What Past Editions Mean for Belmont Winners Today

Looking back at past Belmont Stakes winners and payouts can give us greater insight into what we might expect in the 2024 race. Let’s take a look at the trends and statistics that could prove significant.

Belmont Stakes Winners By Post Position

The most recent winner Arcangelo came out of gate 3 in 2023. Historically, this has been one of the most successful Belmont Stakes post positions, with an inner draw producing more winners than the ones on the outside.

Gate 1 has been the most successful post position with 24 winners. Gate 3 is second with 16, Gate 5 has 15, Gate 7 has 14 and Gate 2 has 13. Given the amount of winners from low-to-middle draws surrounding it, Gate 4 has somehow underperformed with only 10 wins.

Barns & Riders to Follow

The jockey Javier Castellano won both the Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Derby in 2023. Over the last ten years, only two jockeys have ridden more than one Belmont winner during that period.

Irad Ortiz Jr did so in 2016 and 2022, while Joel Rosario did likewise in 2014 and 2019. Over the same timeframe, Todd Pletcher (2017 and 2022) and Bob Baffert (2015 and 2018) are the only trainers to have saddled more than one Belmont winner.

Belmont Stakes Winners And Odds

Over the last ten years in the Belmont, the winner has been the favorite on four occasions. So backing the shortest price horse every year, would have seen you lose money.

Yet in seven of the ten races in this period, it was won by a horse that was amongst the top three favorites in the betting. The biggest priced winner over this ten-year timeframe was Sir Winston in 2019, at final Belmont Stakes odds of 12/1.


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