The following is a list of the jockeys who have won the Belmont Stakes the most number of times. The Belmont is the third and final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
It is run annually exactly five weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The Belmont is one of the most prestigious races that a jockey can win in his or her career.
Jockeys Who Won the Belmont Stakes the Most Times
T-1. Eddie Arcaro – 6
Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro is tied for the record for most wins in the Belmont Stakes with six. Arcaro’s first win in the Belmont came in 1941, when he guided Whirlaway to a Belmont win that secured the Triple Crown for the horse, as Whirlaway also won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1941.
Eddie Arcaro’s second Belmont win came in 1942 aboard Shut Out. His next win was in 1945 aboard Pavot, and then he guided Citation to a Belmont win in 1948 that gave that horse the Triple Crown. Arcaro’s final two wins in the Belmont came in 1952 with One Count, and 1955 with Nashua.
In addition to his six wins in the Belmont, Eddie Arcaro also won a record six Preakness Stakes. Arcaro also won the Kentucky Derby five times, for 17 career Triple Crown race wins, the most by any jockey.
T-1. Jim McLaughlin – 6
Jim McLaughlin is tied with Eddie Arcaro for most wins all-time in the Belmont by a jockey with six. McLaughlin won the race consecutively from 1886 to 1888 aboard Forester, George Kinney, and Panique respectively.
After not winning the race in 1885, McLaughlin came back and won the Belmont Stakes three more times consecutively aboard Inspector B (1886), Hanover (1887), and Sir Dixon (1888).
So Jim McLaughlin won the Belmont Stakes six times in seven years. McLaughlin also won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness once each, for eight career Triple Crown race wins.
T-3. Bill Shoemaker – 5
Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker won the third most Belmont Stakes with five. Shoemaker first won the race in 1957 aboard Gallant Man, the horse who lost the Kentucky Derby when Shoemaker misjudged the finish line at Churchill Downs and stood up in the irons before the finish, costing Gallant Man the win.
Bill Shoemaker also won the Belmont with Sword Dancer in 1959, Jaipur in 1962, Damascus in 1967, and Avatar in 1975. In addition to five Belmont wins, Bill Shoemaker also won the Kentucky Derby four times, and the Preakness twice, for 11 Triple Crown race wins.
T-3. Earl Sande – 5
Another Hall of Fame jockey, Earl Sande, is tied with Bill Shoemaker for the third most Belmont wins with five. Sande won the race in 1921 aboard Grey Lag, in 1923 with Zev, in 1924 with Mad Play, in 1927 with Chance Shot, and in 1930 aboard Gallant Fox.
In 1930, Gallant Fox became the second horse to win the Triple Crown when Earl Sande guided him to wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, as well as the Belmont. Sande won the Kentucky Derby three times, and the Preakness once, for nine career Triple Crown race wins.
T-5. Pat Day – 3
Pat Day won the Belmont with Easy Goer in 1989, Tabasco Cat in 1994, and Commendable in 1990.
T-5 Gary Stevens – 3
Gary Stevens has won the Belmont three times so far in his career. His wins came in 1995 with Thunder Gulch, 1998 with Victory Gallop, and 2001 with Point Given. Stevens’ 1998 win aboard Victory Gallop was by a nostril over Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm, denying that horse the Triple Crown.
T-5. Laffit Pincay, Jr. – 3
Laffit Pincay, Jr. won the Belmont three years in a row with Conquistador Cielo in 1982, Caveat in 1983, and Swale in 1984. All three horses were trained by Woody Stephens.
T-5. Braulio Baeza – 3
Braulio Baeza won the Belmont with Sherluck in 1961, Chateaugay in 1963, and Arts and Letters in 1969.
T-5. James Stout – 3
Jockey James Stout won the Belmont with Granville in 1936, Pasteurized in 1938, and Johnstown in 1939.