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Belmont Stakes Traditions


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The Trophy
The Belmont Stakes trophy

The Belmont Stakes trophy is shown alone on the left and with the smaller replicas given to the owner, trainer, and jockey on the right.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The traditional trophy, a solid silver covered bowl originally crafted by Tiffany's, was presented by the Belmont family as a permanent trophy for the Belmont Stakes in 1926. It was the trophy August Belmont's Fenian won in the 1869 Belmont Stakes and had remained with the Belmont family since that time. The trophy stands 18 inches high, 15 inches across, and 14 inches at the base. On top of the cover is a silver figure of Fenian, winner of the third running of the Belmont Stakes in 1869. The bowl is supported by three horses, Eclipse, Herod, and Matchem, who represent the respective superior grandsons of the three Foundation Sires of Thoroughbreds: the Byerly Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Barb. The winning owner gets a slightly smaller and less detailed replica to keep, while the winning trainer and jockey get even smaller ones, about half the size of the owner's. The winning owner may also keep the permanent trophy for a year until the next Belmont winner is crowned.
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