THE BELMONT STAKES
144th running of THE BELMONT STAKES®
$1,000,000 (GRADE 1)
To be run Saturday, June 9, 2012
One Mile and a Half
For three-year-olds, $10,000 to pass the entry box and $10,000 additional, to start. At any time prior to the closing time of entries, horses may be nominated to The Belmont Stakes upon payment of a supplemental fee of $100,000 to The New York Racing Association, Inc. All entrants will be required to pay entry and starting fees; but, no fees, supplemental or otherwise, shall be added to the purse. The purse for The Belmont Stakes shall be one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) divided as follows: sixty percent (60%) to the winner, twenty percent (20%) to the second place winner, eleven percent (11%) to the third place winner, six percent (6%) to the fourth place winner, and three percent (3%) to the fifth place winner. Colts and Geldings, 126 lbs. Fillies, 121 lbs. Starters to be named at the closing time of entries. The Belmont field will be limited to sixteen (16) starters. In the event more than 16 entries pass through the entry box at the closing, the starters will be determined at the closing with the first eight (8) starters given preference by accumulating the highest earnings in Graded Sweepstakes at a mile or over. For purposes of this preference, the graded status of each race shall be the Grade assigned by the International Cataloguing Standards Committee in Part 1 of The International Cataloguing Standards as published annually by The Jockey Club Information Systems, Incorporated. The next five (5) starters will be determined by accumulating the highest earnings in all non-restricted sweepstakes. “Non-restricted sweepstakes” shall mean those sweepstakes whose conditions contain non-restrictions other than age or sex. The remaining three (3) starters shall be determined by accumulating the highest earnings in all races. Should this preference produce any ties, the additional starter(s) shall be determined by lot (Original Nominees preferred). If the rules described result in the exclusion of any horse, the $10,000 entry fee and any supplementary fee paid to The New York Racing Association, Inc, if applicable, will be refunded to the owner of said horse. The above conditions notwithstanding, any horse, which earns purse money in either The Kentucky Derby or The Preakness Stakes, shall be included in the initial eight (8) starters of The Belmont Stakes. The winning owner will be presented with the August Belmont Memorial Cup, to be retained for one year, as well as a trophy for permanent possession and trophies to the winning trainer and jockey.