Countdown to The Belmont Stakes - 12 Days of Interesting Facts!
Fact #5 – The Belmont Stakes is often called the Jewel of The Triple Crown. Why? Well, for one reason the Belmont it is the oldest of the three Crown events. The Belmont predates the Preakness by six years and the legendary Kentucky Derby by eight. The first running of the Belmont Stakes was in 1867 at Jerome Park in the Bronx near Fordham U. (Go rams). The also was inconveniently on a Thursday. Which is the main reason it was not on ESPN that year.