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The Belmont Stakes

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Belmont Stakes Traditions
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Sarava, winner of the 134th Belmont Stakes in 2002, with his blanket of white carnations.

Photo © Jamie Squire/Getty Images
There are a number of traditions at the Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown, which takes place every year in June. As the post parade begins, spectators hear the voice of Frank Sinatra belting out "New York, New York" over the loudspeakers.

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.

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