Posts tagged ‘Belmont Park’

June 7, 2014

june 7

The first Belmont Stakes in 1867 was run in the clockwise direction, in the tradition of English racing. It wasn’t until 1921 that the direction was changed to the counter clockwise direction which is customary in American racing.


November 10, 2013


In February 1923, Jockey Frank Hayes suffered a fatal heart attack while riding his horse Sweet Kiss in a race at Belmont Park in New York City. Despite his sudden death, Hayes somehow remained in the saddle long enough for the 20–1 long shot to cross the finish line in first place, making him the only jockey to ride to victory after his own death.