Swiss watch brand Longines partnered this past weekend with the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) to serve as the Official Watch and Preferred Partner of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the prestigious Triple Crown.
Longines has been the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the first leg of the famed three races, for the last two Runs for the Roses.
During the winner’s circle presentations, Longines awarded watches from the Longines Saint-Imier Collection to owner Phyllis Wyeth, trainer Michael Matz and jockey Johnny Velazquez after Union Rags raced past Paynter, to win the 144th Belmont Stakes. Watches from the Heritage Column Wheel Chronograph collection were awarded to owner Frank Jones Jr., trainer Dale Romans and jockey Ramon Dominguez after Tapitsfly won the Grade 1 Longines Just A Game Stakes earlier in the day. Additionally, Longines clocks were placed along the race track, and a new digital chronometer at the finish line displayed the race time.
This is the first time Longines, commemorating this year its 180th anniversary, is partnering with the Belmont Stakes, the oldest of the Triple Crown events. This partnership celebrates the watchmaker’s rich tradition and passion for equestrian sports.