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Belmont Stakes by the numbers

Brush up on your Belmont Stakes trivia by taking a look at some of the numbers surrounding the historic event.

1-1/2 miles: The distance of the Belmont Stakes, longer than both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

2: The number of horses to compete in the race when Man o' War won in 1920. The race also had a two-horse field on four occasions before that.

2:24: Record winning time for the Belmont, set by Secretariat when he won the Triple Crown in 1973.

3: The number of times the Belmont has been decided by a nose, most recently when Victory Gallop denied Real Quiet a Triple Crown win in 1998.

3: The number of fillies who have won the race. Rags to Riches' 2007 win is the most recent, breaking a 102-year drought since Tanya won the race in 1905.

6: Number of Belmont wins by jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Jim McLaughlin, tied for the record.

8: Record number of Belmont Stakes wins by a trainer, held by James Rowe Sr. His last win came in 1913, and he also won two Belmont Stakes as a jockey.

15: The biggest field ever to contest the race, in 1983.

20: The number of (equine) winners whose named started with the letter C, more popular than any other first initial.

31 lengths: The margin of victory when Secretariat romped in the 1973 edition, a record.

34: The number of odds-on favorites to run in the Belmont since 1940. Thirteen of them won.

62: Number of times the betting favorite has won the Belmont, equal to 42 percent of the time.

$142.50: Record win payoff, when Sarava won at 70.25-1 in 2002.

1867: The year the Belmont was first run. This year marks the race's 148th running, as there was no Belmont held in 1911 and 1912.

120,139: Record attendance, at the 2004 race when Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid. Last year's Belmont attendance was capped at 90,000 to ensure a great experience for fans.

134,839,391: Total dollars wagered on last year's Belmont Stakes day races.

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