1867 Belmont Stakes

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1st Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
Location Jerome Park Racetrack
Date June 19, 1867
Distance 1​58 mi (13 furlongs; 2615 m)
Winning horse Ruthless
Winning time 3:05.00
Jockey Gilbert W. Patrick
Trainer A. Jack Minor
Owner Francis Morris
Conditions Heavy
Surface Dirt
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The 1867 Belmont Stakes was the first running of the Belmont Stakes. It was held on June 19, 1867, at Jerome Park Racetrack in Fordham, Westchester County -- now part of The Bronx.

In a field of four horses, the only filly that entered, Ruthless, won the inaugural event by a head over second place DeCourcey. Instead of having to carry 110 pounds like the other three horses, Ruthless only had to carry 107. For winning, Ruthless's owners received $1,850.[1][2]

Ruthless was the first of only three fillies to win the Belmont Stakes. The other two are Tanya (1905) and Rags to Riches (2007).[3]


Finish Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 Ruthless Gilbert W. Patrick A. Jack Minor Francis Morris
2 DeCourcey Casey Casey
3 Rivoli Forbes Swim
4 Monday T. Stewart Francis Morris


  1. ^ 1867 Belmont Stakes chart
  2. ^ Grimes, William. "Belmont Awaits Its Annual Return to Glory". The New York Times. June 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Johnson, J. Keeler. "Ruthless: The First Belmont Stakes Winner". America's Best Racing. April 24, 2017.