1978 Belmont Stakes
Elmont, New York,
|Date||June 10, 1978|
|Winning time||2:26 4/5|
The 1978 Belmont Stakes was the 110th running of the Belmont Stakes. It occurred on June 10, 1978, and was televised on CBS. Affirmed completed the 11th Triple Crown after his victories in the 1978 Kentucky Derby and the 1978 Preakness Stakes. As in the prior two legs of the Triple Crown, he narrowly defeated Alydar.
Affirmed and Alydar ran head to head for the last half mile of the mile and a half race, with Affirmed ultimately winning by a head. Affirmed's winning time of 2:26 4/5 was the 3rd best in history at the time, behind only Secretariat's all-time record of 2:24 in 1973 and Gallant Man's time of 2:26 3/5 in 1957. This was despite a slow early pace.
The 110th Belmont Payout Schedule
|1||Darby Creek Road||–|
* - No show wagering.
|Finish||Lengths behind||Post position||Horse||Jockey||Trainer||Owner||Post time odds||Stakes|
|1||3||Affirmed||Steve Cauthen||Laz Barrera||Harbor View Farm||0.60||$110,580|
|2||Head||2||Alydar||Jorge Velasquez||John M. Veitch||Calumet Farm||1.10||$40,546|
|3||13||1||Darby Creek Road||Angel Cordero Jr.||Thomas L. Rondinello||J. W. Phillips||9.90||$22,116|
|4||7 3/4||4||Judge Advocate||Jeffrey Fell||John W. Russell||Ogden Phipps||30.10||$11,058|
|5||1 1/2||5||Noon Time Spender||Ruben Hernandez||Antonio Arcodia||Miami Lakes Ranch||38.40||--|