From the New York Racing Association
The New York Racing Association has unveiled its logo for the 140th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the 1 ½-mile final leg of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
With a classic feel, the circular design is surrounded by unfurling scrolls proclaiming the 140th running of the spring classic and evoking the rich history of the “Test of the Champion.” The Belmont Stakes story, however, is updated through the blue and orange silks of Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and a flashy chestnut horse with the white blaze, fashioned after 2007 Belmont-winning filly Rags to Riches.
Last year, Rags to Riches carried jockey John Velazquez to victory in the Belmont for trainer Todd Pletcher, becoming only the third filly in history and the first in 102 years to win the $1-million event. That race was voted the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s “Moment of the Year,” and secured for Rags to Riches the 2007 Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly.
“This year’s Belmont Stakes logo pays tribute to Rags to Riches, the first filly to win the third leg of the Triple Crown in 102 years,” said Gavin Landry, NYRA’s senior vice president of sales and market development. “With the 2008 logo, we hope to establish the new tradition of honoring the previous year’s Belmont Stakes winner by incorporating the owner’s colors into the next year’s event logo.”
The 140th running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park June 7. ABC-TV and ESPN will provide live coverage of the day’s events.