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With Kentucky Derby Winner Nyquist out of this weekend's Belmont Stakes, racing fans have turned their attention to Exaggerator, who could become the twelfth second-place Derby horse to win the last two jewels of the Triple Crown. As we await Exaggerator's run, here are five quick facts about the Belmont Stakes.
- The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the three jewels in thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown; the first Belmont Stakes was held in 1867.
- The Belmont has a history of change -- the race has been run on three different tracks (Jerome Park and Morris Park preceded Belmont Park), the official song of the race was originally "The Sidewalks of New York" before it was changed to "New York, New York", and the official drinks have included the White Carnation, the Belmont Breeze, and the Belmont Jewel.
- The race is often known as the Run for the Carnations, as the winning horse is draped in a blanket of white carnations. The flower is said to symbolize luck and love.
- Three fillies have won the Belmont: Ruthless in 1867, Tanya in 1905, and Rags to Riches in 2007.
- At 1.5 miles (2.4 km), the Belmont is the longest Triple Crown race.