The Belmont Stakes is a horse race. That is putting it simply of course, because since it is the third of the ‘big races’ for three year old thoroughbreds, it can be the site of a Triple Crown winner. The Belmont Stakes is held in New York each June, five weeks after the Kentucky Derby has been run and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes, which are the first two races of the Triple Crown.
The race is named after August Belmont Sr. and is the oldest of the three races that make up horse racing’s elite. It was first run back in 1867 but there wasn’t a Triple Crown winner until 1919’s Sir Barton became the first horse to win it. In fact, throughout history there has only been 12 winners, most recently American Pharaoh who won the whole shebang back in 2015. His win was thirty seven years in the making so it isn’t hard to understand why the Belmont Stakes is nicknamed The Test of the Champion.
Belmont’s track is the longest of the three races, with a track measuring 1.5 miles which means the horses are tested in both speed and endurance, and the track was the first to run a race counter clockwise, which happened in 1921. They also implemented the paddock walkabout for the horses which doesn’t happen in Kentucky or the Preakness Stakes.
The Belmont stakes is special because it is the only race that can crown a Triple Crown winner. If a horse has won the first two, all eyes are on him come June at this big race, so why get there commercially when you can charter a jet to get you there in style and on your schedule?
We are all busy so who has time for commercial airlines and busy airports? Wouldn’t it be nice to sit back, relax and leave when you wanted to in a spotless state of the art jet whose seating plan you can configure to your individual needs? New York’s airports are busy places to begin with, but arriving in a jet gives you the leeway to arrive at a smaller airport and without all of the long security lines and check in hassle you expect at the large airports.
As you watch the winner of the Belmont Stakes get his blanket of white carnations and walk past the statue of Secretariat, still the owner of the fastest time in the race, won’t it be nice to think of the luxury awaiting you to whisk you home again? You bet it will!