These Are the Fastest Belmont Stakes Running Times

The Belmont Stakes is the third jewel of the Triple Crown. A horse must sweep all three races – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont – to win the sport's greatest prize. But it all comes down to timing. Even if a horse wins the first two jewels, mere milliseconds could keep it from getting the trophy in the end. In honor of the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9, get to know the 10 fastest race winners, three of whom claimed the Triple Crown.

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It's a mob scene on June 9, 1973, after jockey Ron Turcotte rode Secretariat to victory at the Belmont Stakes, therefore claiming the Triple Crown. As thousands of spectators took in the view, Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, walks on his left and groom Eddie Sweat leads the horse. Just as Secretariat set records at the earlier Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes that year, his Belmont running time of 2:24 still stands.
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A.P. Indy, with jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, won the 1992 Belmont Stakes in 2:26. This Oct. 30, 1992, file photo shows A.P. Indy shaking his head while being washed.
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Easy Goer, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, romps home with jockey Pat Day to win the 1989 Belmont Stakes in 2:26.
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Risen Star, with jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, gallops over the 1988 finish line in 2:26.40.
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Jockey Gary Stevens aboard Point Given reacts after winning the 2001 Belmont Stakes in 2:26.40.
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Gallant Man dons his blanket of flowers after winning the 1957 race in 2:26.60, for a new track and American record. Jockey Willie Shoemaker is aboard.
Members of the media get up close with Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who raced across the finish line in 2:26.65. In 2015, he became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years.
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Jockey Steve Cauthen raises his arm in a victory salute after riding Affirmed across the 1978 finish line in 2:26.80 and thereby capturing the Triple Crown after also winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes earlier in the year.
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Jockey Pat Day on Tabasco Cat celebrates victory after winning the 1994 stakes in 2:26.80.
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Trainer Woody Stephens leads Creme Fraiche and jockey Eddie Maple to the winner's circle after winning the 1985 stakes in 2:27.
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