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Do you need experience at Belmont Park to win the Belmont Stakes?

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Jen Caldwell

May 31st, 2015

Trainer Kenny McPeek’s recent list of 11 reasons as to why he’s running The Truth or Else in Saturday’s Belmont S. (G1) started out with “My horse loves the Belmont track. (He has) two starts and two wins over a dry Belmont.”

That got me to thinking.

How many past Belmont Stakes winners have had prior and/or winning experience at Belmont Park?

Check out the list below of the past 15 Belmont winners to find out the answer to that question:

YEAR

 

WINNER

 

RECORD AT BELMONT (AGE)

2014

 

Tonalist

 

1-1-0-0 (3yo)

2013

 

Palace Malice

 

1-0-1-0 (2yo)

2012

 

Union Rags

 

1-1-0-0 (2yo)

2011

 

Ruler on Ice

 

0-0-0-0

2010

 

Drosselmeyer

 

1-0-1-0 (3yo)

2009

 

Summer Bird

 

0-0-0-0

2008

 

Da' Tara

 

1-0-1-0 (2yo)

2007

 

Rags to Riches

 

0-0-0-0

2006

 

Jazil

 

1-0-0-0 (2yo)

2005

 

Afleet Alex

 

1-0-1-0 (2yo)

2004

 

Birdstone

 

1-1-0-0 (2yo)

2003

 

Empire Maker

 

1-1-0-0 (2yo)

2002

 

Sarava

 

0-0-0-0

2001

 

Point Given

 

1-0-1-0 (2yo)

2000

 

Commendable

 

0-0-0-0

 

So, this very small sample shows five of the past 15 winners never raced at Belmont Park and eight of the remaining 10 did so during their juvenile careers.

For comparison, here’s the current list of Belmont Stakes runners, in alphabetical order:

NAME

 

RECORD AT BELMONT (AGE)

American Pharoah

 

0-0-0-0

Carpe Diem

 

0-0-0-0

Frammento

 

0-0-0-0

Frosted

 

1-0-1-0 (2yo)

Keen Ice

 

0-0-0-0

Madefromlucky

 

1-1-0-0 (3yo)

Materiality

 

0-0-0-0

Mubtaahij

 

0-0-0-0

Tale of Verve

 

0-0-0-0

The Truth or Else

 

2-1-0-1 (2yo) 1-1-0-0 (3yo)

 

The sample size is really too small to draw any definite conclusions, but for those looking to beat American Pharoah it does offer three runners to pick from!

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