The title for most wins in the Belmont Stakes by a jockey is shared by two men, James McLaughlin and Eddie Arcaro, who each won six editions of the race. The better known of the two is Arcaro, a Hall of Famer that dominated the sport in the 1940’s and 50’s.
Arcaro successfully completed two Triple Crown bids in the Belmont, first with Whirlaway in 1941 (also his first Belmont Stakes winner) and again with Citation in 1948, to go along with victories in ‘42, ‘45, ‘52 and ‘55. McLaughlin’s heyday came in the 1880’s, when he was the nation’s leading rider four times. The former orphan accomplished a near impossible feat during this period, twice winning three consecutive runnings of the Belmont and six out of a seven-year span (1882-84, 1886-88). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1955.
Close on McLaughlin and Arcaro’s heels are Earle Sande and Bill Shoemaker with five wins apiece. Sande dominated the race from 1921-1930, with all five of his wins coming in that span, while Shoemaker’s wins were much more spaced out. The Shoe first won in 1957 aboard Gallant Man and for the last time in 1975 aboard Avatar.