The following is a list of the highest paying trifectas in Belmont Stakes history. The prices listed are each for a $2 bet, and they are the official payouts from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, where the Belmont is run.
In recent times, the payouts at Belmont for the Belmont Stakes are what are almost everyone betting on the race gets for each payout. In the past that was not always true, as tracks like Monmouth Park in New Jersey, where I would bet the Belmont, would run their own betting pools for the race. So many tracks around the country had different payouts for bets like the trifecta for the Belmont Stakes.
I’ve listed all the trifectas that paid at least $3,000.00. As far as the three Triple Crown races go, the highest trifectas in Belmont history are significantly larger than the highest trifectas in Preakness history, but are well below the highest trifectas that have been paid out at the Kentucky Derby.
Highest Paying Trifectas in Belmont Stakes History
1. 2002 Belmont – $25,209.00
The highest paying trifecta in Belmont Stakes history came in 2002, when the winning combination of Sarava first, Medaglia d’Oro second and Sunday Break third paid $25,209.00 for each $2 winning ticket.
Sarava went off at odds of 70.25 to one, and is the highest paying winner in Belmont Stakes history (142.50). Medaglia d’Oro was odds of 16.00 to one, while Sunday Break was 8.10 to one.
The favorite in the 2002 Belmont Stakes was War Emblem, who was trying to win the Triple Crown, having already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. War Emblem tired as the horses entered the stretch, and he finished eighth in the race.
2. 1993 Belmont – $18,677.00
The second highest paying trifecta in the Belmont was in 1993, when each $2 winning ticket paid $18,677.00. To have that winning ticket you had to have Colonial Affair on top (13.90 to one odds), followed by Kissin Kris (13.40) in second, and Wild Gale (51.50) in third.
The 1993 Belmont is notable because the jockey on Colonial Affair was Julie Krone, who became the first woman to win a Triple Crown race. Obviously, Julie Krone was also the first woman to win the Belmont Stakes too.
3. 2011 Belmont – $8,268.00
The 2011 Belmont produced the third highest trifecta payout in the race’s history at $8,268.00. Ruler On Ice (24.75) won the 2011 Belmont, followed by Stay Thirsty (16.20) in second, and Brilliant Speed (10.90) in third.
4. 1999 Belmont – $5,343.00
The fourth highest paying trifecta in Belmont Stakes history came in 1999, when the winning combo of Lemon Drop Kid (29.75) first, Vision and Verse (54.75) second, and Charismatic (1.60) third, paid $5,343.00 for each winning $2 bet. Charismatic was going for the Triple Crown in 1999, but came up short after he fractured two bones in his left leg at the end of the race.
5. 2008 Belmont – $3,954.00
The 2008 Belmont makes this list twice, because of a dead-heat for third place. Da’ Tara (38.50) won the race, followed by Denis of Cork (7.20) in second. Anak Nakal (34.25) and Ready’s Echo (28.75) dead-heated for third.
The trifecta payout with Ready’s Echo in third paid $3,954.00 for each $2 bet. That’s a little odd, because Ready’s Echo had lower odds than Anak Nakal.
6. 2008 Belmont – $3,703.00
The trifecta with Anak Nakal in third paid $3,703.00, for the sixth highest trifecta payout in Belmont Stakes history.
In the 2008 Belmont, Big Brown (.30 to one odds) was trying to win the Triple Crown. He came up well short as he was eased entering the stretch, becoming the first and only horse in racing history that was going for the Triple Crown to finish last in the Belmont.
I never believed in Big Brown, and bet $10 to win on Da’ Tara, who I thought could get an easy lead and maybe wire the field. I was right and cashed a nice $379.00 win bet, but I did not have either trifecta, as I only bet Da’ Tara to win and place in the race.
7. 1990 Belmont – $3,077.00
The 1990 Belmont trifecta paid $3,077.00 thanks to a horse named Baron de Vaux, who went off at odds of 68.30 to one, and ran third. Irish bred Go And Go won the race at odds of 7.50 to one, while Thirty Six Red ran second at odds of 3.70 to one.
There were only nine horses in the Belmont in 1990, so the over $3,000 payoff for the trifecta was pretty good. That is probably because heavily favored Unbridled (1.10), who won the Kentucky Derby, ran out of the money and finished fourth.