1978 Belmont Stakes

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110th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
LocationBelmont Park,
Elmont, New York,
DateJune 10, 1978
Winning horseAffirmed
Winning time2:26 4/5
JockeySteve Cauthen
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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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[3] This was despite a slow early pace.[3]


The 110th Belmont Payout Schedule[1]

Horse Name Win Place Show*
3 Affirmed $3.20 $2.10
2 Alydar $2.20
1 Darby Creek Road

* - No show wagering.

Full chart[edit]

Finish Lengths behind Post position Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Post time odds Stakes
1 3 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera[1] Harbor View Farm   0.60 $110,580[1]
2 Head[2] 2 Alydar Jorge Velasquez[1] John M. Veitch[1] Calumet Farm   1.10 $40,546[1]
3 13 1 Darby Creek Road Angel Cordero Jr.[1] Thomas L. Rondinello[1] J. W. Phillips   9.90 $22,116[1]
4 7 3/4 4 Judge Advocate Jeffrey Fell[1] John W. Russell[1] Ogden Phipps 30.10 $11,058[1]
5 1 1/2 5 Noon Time Spender Ruben Hernandez[1] Antonio Arcodia[1] Miami Lakes Ranch 38.40 --

Race Information:

  • Winning Breeder: Harbor View Farm[1]
  • Final Time: 2:26.80[1]
  • Attendance:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "110th Running-1978-Affirmed" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2014-06-08.
  2. ^ a b "Affirmed: The Greatest Rivalry".
  3. ^ a b c Cady, S. (June 10, 1978). "Losing Isn't Everything". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-17.