Spectators do not solely rely on the basis of which horse performs the best on the course but also on how the horse has been trained and handled throughout the preparation and on the race itself. Jockeys and trainers are also essential factors in considering which horse to bet on.
Here we look at some of the well-known and prominent trainers who have established a name for themselves by winning multiple Belmont Stakes.
James RoweJames Rowe won eight Belmont Stakes as a trainer and another two as a jockey. He was known as one of the finest American jockeys and trainers. Not long after starting his career as a jockey, he retired at the age of 18 and focused more on continuing his career as a trainer. James Rowe won prestigious races such as the Belmont, Travers, Saratoga Cup, and Jerome Handicap.
James Rowe won the Belmont Stakes eight times between the years of 1883 and 1913. He was also the trainer of Colin, who was the undefeated horse at the time. He won in 1883 with George Kinney, 1884 with Panique, 1901 with Commando, 1904 with Delhi, 1907 with Peter Pan, 1908 with Colin, 1910 with Sweep, and 1913 with Prince Eugene.
He was undeniably one of the legendary trainers because of his successful career and multiple victories in horse racing.
Sam HildrethSamuel C. Hildreth was part of an American horse racing Hall of Fame trainer and was known to have seven Belmont Stakes wins. His career and interest in horse racing started when he was in New York. In his career as a trainer, Sam garnered seven Belmont Stakes wins. As he advanced in his career, he won his first major race in the 1899 Belmont Stakes with Jean Bereaud. Sam Hildreth was associated with the most well-known owner William Collins Whitney, working together while Sam was staying in New York.
However, a dispute between Sam Hildreth and John E. Madden forced Sam to take time off from his career and had stained his reputation as a trainer. Whitney was humiliated by the fact that he was associated with Sam at the time. Because of Whitney’s impact in the industry of this sport, several notable owners stopped getting involved with Sam in respect of their loyalty towards Whitney.
Sam didn’t let his passion for horse racing die and instead continued building his career in training in the Midwest and South. He had the opportunity to go back to New York when Whitney died, and New York was the place where he could excel, winning back-to-back awards when he got back to his career in the city.
Sam Hildreth owned a horse named Joe Madden in 1909, which was his second Belmont Stakes win. His other victories were with Friar Rock in 1916, Hourless in 1917, Grey Lag in 1921, Zev in 1923, and Mad Play in 1924. He won various awards, too, such as America’s leading trainer in both earnings and wins. Sam Hildreth received numerous awards from the Brooklyn Handicap, Suburban Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap, Queens Country Handicap, and many more.
“Sunny Jim” FitzsimmonsJames Edward Fitzsimmons, also known as Sunny Jim, was a thoroughbred racehorse trainer. He started as a stable boy in 1885 before he began his professional career as a jockey during 1889-1894. Gaining weight became a problem, but he didn’t want to leave the industry or horse racing so he opted to be a trainer instead.
Sunny Jim won Belmont Stakes six times and a couple of other awards. He had his first stakes won in 1890. It kick-started his career, where he was able to train with high-class horses. Sunny Jim’s trained horses won thousands of races, precisely 2,275 races, including ones with records in Saratoga Cup, Dwyer Stakes, Alabama Stakes, Lawrence Realization, and many more.
In the Belmont Stakes, he won in 1930 (Gallant Fox), 1932 (Faireno), 1935 (Omaha), 1936 (Granville), 1939 (Johnstown), and in 1955 (Nashua).
Woody StephensWoodford C. Stephens, also known as Woody Stephens, is the legendary American horse racing trainer who won five consecutive Belmont stakes. He had an incredible run as a trainer because of his successive wins which no-one has ever broken. Woody Stephens won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and other leading stakes or races, but most know him as having five consecutive wins in the Belmont Stakes.
Woody Stephens’s first Belmont stake win was with Conquistador Cielo, followed by Caveat, Swale, Creme Fraiche, and Danzig Connection from 1982 to 1986 consecutively.
To Wrap It All UpThe trainers mentioned and their journey to become outstanding and well-known trainers can be rooted in their humble beginnings and desire to leave an exceptional legacy in the sport. They pursued their interest in training and making records in history.
Belmont stakes is more than the betting, odds, and favourite picks. Determining which horse to keep an eye on includes various factors that should be consistent. You cannot solely rely on belmont stakes past performances because these odds are fluctuating and changing.