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    2014 Belmont Stakes

    Named after August Belmont, a major New York financier with a love for horse racing, the Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the US Triple Crown. It actually predates both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and is held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

    This year marks the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes, and the date is set for Saturday, June 7. Nicknamed the Test of the Champions, the Belmont Stakes is contested on a dirt track measuring 1 1/2 miles by three-year-old colts and geldings that have set their sights on the newly increased $1.5 million purse.

    Last year, Palace Malice emerged the hero. The colt entered the race with only one win in seven starts, including a disappointing 12th place finish at the Kentucky Derby, making his victory over Oxbow and Orb, the Preakness and Kentucky Derby winners, that much more surprising. Leaving his competitors in the dust, he took the lead in the last quarter-mile and galloped to a smooth 3 1/4 length victory.

    As for who we can expect to see tear up the track at Belmont Park this year, only time will tell. Stay tuned to find out who will make the cut.