The traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes is the white carnation and the winning horse is adorned with a lush, flowery blanket created from over 700 carnations from Bogota, Colombia, hand-glued to a velveteen blanket. The statue of Secretariat at Belmont is also blanketed with a smaller version of the winner's cape.
And the tradition of a pine tree gracing the Belmont Park Race Track logo? It's for the 300+-year-old white pine growing in the paddock. There are also events on Long Island leading up to the race, including Belmont Festival Week, the Garden City Belmont Stakes Festival with live bands and family fun, and the Northeast Equine Expo at Belmont Park.