Belmont Stakes 2020 Payout: Prize Money Purse and Triple Crown Order of Finish

ELMONT, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: Jockey Manuel Franco celebrates atop Tiz the Law #8 after crossing the finish line to win the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 20, 2020 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Tiz The Law was the prohibitive favorite heading into the Belmont Stakes. He showed why with a dominant performance on Saturday, winning by four lengths with a dominant final push down the stretch. 

NBC Sports @NBCSports

THE NEW YORK HERO! 🗽

Tiz The Law pulls away on the back stretch and wins the @BelmontStakes in brilliant fashion ✨ https://t.co/ZEtHmdqLjI

Dr Post finished second, while Max Player came in third and Pneumatic fourth.  

The total purse for this year’s Belmont Stakes was $1 million, with $535,000 going to Tiz The Law. Here is the payout information (per the NBC broadcast):

  • Tiz The Law: Win ($3.60), Place ($2.90), Show ($2.60)
  • Dr Post: Win (n/a), Place ($5.80), Show ($4.20)
  • Max Player: Win (n/a), Place (n/a), Show ($5.20)

Tap It to Win finished fifth, followed by Sole Volante Modernist, Farmington Road and Fore Left.

Heading into the Kentucky Derby—which won’t take place until Sept. 5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic—Tiz The Law will again be the prohibitive favorite. And after Saturday’s dominant performance he looks like a horse capable of pulling off the Triple Crown in a bizarre year for the event given the modified schedule. 

Pat Forde @ByPatForde

Tiz The Law romps as the heavy Belmont favorite. Let the Triple Crownbuzz begin.

Chris Fowler @cbfowler

That was too eaaaaasy for Tiz the Law! And a fast time. Love it that a NY bred got it. #belmont

Ray Paulick @raypaulick

Thoroughly professional win in the G1 Belmont Stakes by Tiz the Law, confidently ridden by Manny Franco and skillfully conditioned by Barclay Tagg. Dr Post second, Max Player third. 9 furlongs in 1:46.53, a Belmont Stakes record for the distance that I hope will last forever.

Granted, Tiz The Law will probably need to run another race before then, presenting its own challenges for trainer Barclay Tagg and jockey Manuel Franco. But regardless of what’s to come, he made history on Saturday, ending a long drought for New York-bred horses at the Belmont:

Ryan Field @RyanFieldABC

Tiz the Law wins the #BelmontStakes by 4 lengths!

A New York bred horse wins the Belmont for the 1st time in 138 years! https://t.co/4L5B2ASNPT

World Horse Racing @WHR

The wait is over! 🙌

Tiz The Law snaps the losing run of New York-breds going back to Forester in 1882 with a crushing win in the #BelmontStakes #TizTheLaw https://t.co/iO31pkBKWl

“[This horse means] just everything,” Tagg said after the win, per the NBC broadcast. “I’m just glad I’ve lived long enough to have another horse like this.”

Tiz The Law is Tagg’s best horse since Funny Cide, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but finished third in the Belmont. And he’s also his best shot at winning an elusive Triple Crown, though Tagg has noted that the two horses run different styles. 

“They are completely different horses,” he said, per Mia Zanzucchi of NBC Sports. “Tiz is more malleable. Funny Cide was all run. You couldn’t hold him. He was a strong horse and very tough.”

This year’s Triple Crown will be a fascinating one to look back on, given the unique changes to the race lengths. The Belmont ran at 1 miles rather than its usual 1½ miles to compensate for the alterations to the calendar. That contributed to the bizarre feel of the day, as did the lack of fans in attendance. 

But none of it took away from Tiz The Law’s dominance. There can be no doubting after Saturday that he will be a horse to be reckoned with at Churchill Downs. 

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