Tomorrow, some fine thoroughbreds will face off in Elmont, New York at the 146th Belmont Stakes, including one who has a chance to make history. The race has been run since 1866, and up for grabs this year is $1.5 million and a potential Triple Crown win, which would be the first in 36 years.
Here's your guide to all things horse racing happening tomorrow:
The Race Course
The Belmont Stakes is held in Elmont, New York, at Belmont Park. It was originally held at the Jerome Park Racetrack, then briefly at the Morris Park Racecourse. When Belmont Park opened in 1905, the Stakes was moved there permanently.
This race is the longest and most challenging of the three Triple Crown races. It is one-and-a-half miles run on dirt. Last year's winner was Palace Malice, with a time of 2:30.70. The last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed, finished in 2:26. In 1973, Secretariat covered the course in 2:24.00, the fastest 1.5 miles ever run on dirt.
The official flower is a white carnation. Though the origin is unknown, Belmont Park thinks the flower suits the "Test of the Champion" because "pure white carnations stand for love and luck, but they are also hardy, long-lasting flowers."