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Belmont Stakes Traditions

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Carnations for the Winner
The blanket of carnations given to the Belmont winner each year.

The blanket of carnations given to the Belmont winner each year. This is 2008 winner Da'Tara.

© Terence Dulay
Traditionally, the Belmont Stakes winner wears a blanket of white carnations in the winner's circle. The blanket, which takes about 10 hours to make, contains 300 to 400 carnations which are glued onto a green velveteen cloth. A similar blanket done on green felt is draped on the base of the statue of Triple Crown winner Secretariat in the paddock. The white carnations usually come from either California or Columbia.

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