Belmont Stakes Attendance Record

Recent runnings of the Belmont Stakes have packed Belmont Park with more than 100,000 fans.

The high-water mark was on 2004 when Smarty Jones was denied the Triple Crown by Birdstone.

A total of 103,222 came on June 8, 2002 to watch War Emblem run for the Triple Crown; he finished eighth, well behind longshot winner Sarava.

And, in 2003, 101,864 watched Funny Cide finish third behind Empire Maker in his bid to win the Triple Crown. Additional high attendance marks: 85,818 in 1999 (Lemon Drop Kid denied Charismatic the Triple Crown); 82,694 in 1971 (Pass Catcher denied Canonero II the Triple Crown); and 80,162 in 1998 (Victory Gallop denied Real Quiet the Triple Crown).

In 2015, the NYRA made the decision to cap the maximum attendance for the Belmont Stakes to 90,000 fans. The logic was that parking and restroom facilities would be overwhelmed with larger numbers of horse racing fans.



Winning Post Positions | Colors of Winners | Largest Belmont Stakes Attendance



Belmont Stakes Trophy | Songs | White Carnations



First Running | Smallest Winning Margin | Largest Winning Margin | Fastest Races

Racing Purse - Smallest | Racing Purse - Largest | Winners Price | Racing Field

Race History



Most Wins | Consecutive Wins | Dubious Distinction | Julie Krone



Most Wins



Most Wins | Women Trainers | Jockey and Trainer