Horsebetting Largest and Smallest Margins in Belmont Triple Crown

Posted by D.Zamzack on Saturday,June 6, 2015 7:16, EST in

The hour of the 2015 Belmont Stakes is nigh, and all eyes are understandably on American Pharoah, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes winner that is on the verge of making history by becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed achieved the coveted feat 37 years ago. Unfortunately for Ahmed Zayat, the colt’s owner, and his team, the Belmont is the oldest, longest and arguably the toughest race of all the three Triple Crown events in horsebetting.

Quick Report on Horsebetting Largest and Smallest Margins in Belmont Triple Crown

Longest Winning Margins in the Belmont Stakes

As far as longest winning records are concerned, Secretariat holds the world record title for 1 1/2 miles on the dirt when he emerged victorious in the 1973 Belmont Stakes in 2:24. Secretariat also holds the world record for the fastest 1 1/4-mile, 1 mile, 3/4 mile and 1/2 mile fractions in the Belmont Stakes history. Here is a list of all the top longest winning margins in the Belmont.

*Secretariat, 1973: 31 lengths
*Count Fleet: 1943: 25 lengths
*Man o’ War, 1920: 20 lengths
*Risen Star, 1988:14 3/4 lengths
*Conquistador Cielo, 1982: 14 lengths
*Bet Twice, 1987: 14 lengths
*Point Given, 2001: 12 1/2 lengths
*Hourless, 1917: 10 lengths
*Twenty Grand, 1931: 10 lengths
*Nashua, 1955: 9 lengths
*Go and Go, 1990: 8 1 /4 lengths
*Joe Madden, 1909: 8 lengths
*Luke McLuke, 1914: 8 lengths
*American Flag, 1925: 8 lengths
*Citation, 1948: 8 lengths
*Gallant Man, 1957: 8 lengths
*Easy Goer, 1989: 8 lengths

Smallest Winning Margins

The closest finishes in the Belmont have come by a nose, including Granville’s win over Mr. Bones in 1936, Jaipur’s win over Admiral’s Voyage in 1962; and Victory Gallop victory over Real Quiet in 1998. The rest of the smallest winning margins have come by head decisions, followed by a host of neck decisions. Here is a list of the smallest winning margins in the Triple Crown’s history.

*Granville, 1936: Nose
*Jaipur, 1962: Nose
*Victory Gallop, 1998: Nose
*Colin, 1908: Head
*Affirmed, 1978: Head
*Hansel, 1991: Head
*Lemon Drop Kid, 1999: Head
*Rags to Riches, 2007: Head
*Pasteurized, 1938: Neck
*Native Dancer, 1953: Neck
*High Gun, 1954: Neck
*Needles, 1956: Neck
*Hail to All, 1965: Neck
*Avatar, 1975: Neck
*Bold Forbes, 1976: Neck
*Summing, 1981: Neck
*Union Rags, 2012: Neck

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