Horse Racing Trivia
Horse Race Betting
Being a Preakness winner seems to run in the family. There have been nine Preakness winners who have sired other Preakness winners.
- Bold Ruler (Secretariat)
- Bold Venture (Assault)
- Gallant Fox (Omaha)
- Man O’War (War Admiral)
- Polynesian (Native Dancer)
- Citation (Fabius)
- Native Dancer (Kauai King)
- Secretariat (Risen Star)
- Summer Squall (Charismatic)
Breeding of Seabiscuit
Seabiscuit’s archrival War Admiral was technically his half-uncle. Another great horse, Man o’ War, was the sire of War Admiral and the grandsire of Seabiscuit, providing the blood relation. In addition, all of these winning horses were descended from the Belmont Stakes winner of 1896, Hastings, who was considered one of the most talented and toughest thoroughbred champions of all time.
The very first race to be run in the counter-clockwise custom of American racing was Grey Lag’s 1921 Belmont. Previous meets of the Belmont Stakes were run clockwise, as was the English custom of the time.
Belmont Stakes Flowers
The Belmont Stakes’ traditional flower is the white carnation. For the race, carnations are shipped from California and Bogota, Columbia.
The May 24,1883, issue of the Louisville Commercial contains the very first written reference to the name Churchill Downs.
Jockeys of Seabiscuit
Before Seabiscuit’s trainer Tom Smith hoisted Red Pollard into the saddle in Seabiscuit’s 48th start in August 1936, eleven other jockeys, including George Woolf, had ridden the star racing horse.
The record attendance for the Belmont Stakes was set in 1999 by a crowd of 85,818. In this race, Lemon Drop Kid upset Charismatic to win the Triple Crown. 1999 also set some wagering records. The total handle from all sources was $74,133,188.