Tapwrit rallies in stretch to win Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit rallies in stretch to win Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit rallies in stretch to win Belmont Stakes

The victory marked trainer Todd Pletcher's third win at the Belmont Stakes, the final race of the Triple Crown.

Irish War Cry and Meantime were in front for the first half of the race before Tapwrit made a move past Meantime.

Pletcher also owns Patch, the one-eyed horse that finished a disappointing 16th place at the Kentucky Derby. Five of the past nine Belmont winners did that. Tapwrit finished sixth at Churchill Downs, a feat that Boston Globe writer Joe Sullivan considers "laudable" considering the traffic problems Tapwrit faced in the Derby.

"Each of these races individually stand on their own as major, major races and huge wins", Pletcher said.

Gormley, ninth in the Derby, flew from his Southern California base to take a shot after staying home from the Preakness. He rallied to finish fourth.

Jose Ortiz was on board the 5-1 second favourite - trained by Todd Pletcher - to emulate brother Irad Ortiz Jr, who won the same race previous year on Creator.

A $2 trifecta pick (2-7-12) would have paid out $624 while a $2 superfecta pick (2-7-12-3) would have paid out $4,486. Trainer Dale Romans said he is ready to get his hands on the trophy after finishing third four times. Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby. "The ebbs and flows of the game are well documented, and the last five weeks have been the ultimate roller coaster". "I don't think it would be a surprise if either of them ran well". "Fortunately, it all fell into place".

"Each stands on its own as a major, major race", Pletcher said of winning the Derby and Belmont in the same year.

Hollywood Handsome didn't finish the race because of a cut in his foot, and Lookin At Lee seemed to struggle throughout.

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Epicharis, the second choice in the race, would have been eligible for a $1 million bonus from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) if he had won.

Classic Empire, expected to be the favorite, had to be scratched earlier in the week due to a recurrence of an abscess in his right front hoof.

On Saturday morning, the field was whittled to 11 when Japanese horse Epicharis failed his veterinary exam. His pedigree suggests that the 1 1/2-mile distance won't be an issue either. "We got exactly the position that we had talked about with Jose prior to the race". We were hoping he had enough when it came to crunch time.

After Irish War Cry, I am confident in Tapwrit to hit the board. Rajiv kind of went to Plan B. He did a great job. Tapwrit, perhaps racing in the better footing, proved best late, extracting a measure of revenge on the colt who cost him his best chance at the start of the Derby. As the Wood Memorial victor separated himself from the field, Ortiz encouraged Tapwrit and the pair went after Irish War Cry. About the eighth pole, I felt pretty good.

And in terms of double digit odds, Senior Investment was running hard until the end in the Preakness where he finished third gamely in from of top contender Lookin at Lee. That threw jockey Florent Geroux out of his crouch, which in turn led to him slipping his irons. He guided the colt to the outside until he could be stopped. The on-call veterinarian told the NBC broadcast that he had suffered a small laceration on the back of his knee but that he'd be fine. "I nearly went down and I lost my stirrup".

"Unbelievable", Jose Ortiz said of his first Belmont victory.

Neither Always Dreaming nor the 2017 Preakness victor Cloud Computing were in the field for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the mile-and-a-half race proven to be the toughest Triple Crown event, and one of the most grueling in the sport.

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