Typically the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, the 2020 Belmont Stakes was the first leg of Triple Crown race for the first time in history due to the coronavirus pandemic altering the racing schedule. In addition, the distance of this year's race was shortened to a mile-and-an-eighth from the usual mile-and-a-half race, which has been the length of the race since 1926.
Along with the different date and distance, there was little to no audience at the track that can hold around 90,000 spectators because of social distancing guidelines.
Despite the unusual Triple Crown season and setting, history was made as Tiz the Law became the first New York-bred horse since 1882 to win the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
Tiz the Law's trainer, 82-year old Barclay Tagg, is the oldest trainer to win the Belmont Stakes.
Tiz the Law entered the race as the favorite at 6-5 odds and lived up to the expectations, pulling away in the final furlong for victory by four lengths. Dr Post, who came in at 5-1 odds, finished second, with Max Player (15-1) in third.
Here are the final results of the race:
The unorthodox schedule may not favor Tiz the Law. The Triple Crown chaser will have to wait 11 weeks for the next race. The Kentucky Derby, typically the first leg of the Triple Crown, is scheduled for Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Preakness Stakes will be the final leg of the Triple Crown this year, and is scheduled to take place on Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.