Racing returned to Belmont Park today (Wednesday), and NYRA and the Daily Racing Blog couldn’t be happier.
Saturday at Belmont brings a great day of Stakes racing. Highlighted by the Grade 1, $250,000 dollar Carter Handicap which has attracted some of the best sprinters training this spring.
Here are some Fun Facts regarding that race:
1. The Carter is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, meaning it’s a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint this November at Keeneland. The Winner of the Carter gets an expenses-paid berth in that race.
2. The race is named for William Carter, a Brooklyn contractor and tugboat captain who put up most of the purse money for the first race.
3. This year is the 121st edition of the race, which was first contested in 1895.
4. No horse has completed the seven-furlong race faster than 1999 winner ARTAX, who crossed the finish line in 1:20.04. That, fellow handicappers is smokin fast.
5. Of the $250,000 dollar purse, $137,500 (55%) of that is allocated for the Winner.
6. The first Winning triple Dead Heat in a Stakes race happened in the 1944 Carter. BROWNIE, BOSSUET, and WAIT A BIT crossed the finish line simultaneously.
7. The Carter is a Handicap race, meaning more accomplished horses are assigned more weight to carry during the race, so as to level the playing field. The highest weight carried to Victory in the Carter was 135 pounds by both BOLD RULER (1958) and TOM FOOL (1953). By comparison, in the past 10 years the Winner has carried an average of 118 pounds.
On Friday the Daily Racing Blog will take a look at the field for the Carter, featuring Odds and Analysis. So stop back and compare your top choices with ours.