Tapwrit wins 149th Belmont Stakes by two lengths over Irish War Cry

He also finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby and also had a dud in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth when he finished seventh. Only 12 horses have completed the Triple Crown at Belmont - the last, and first for 37 years, was American Pharoah in 2015 while California Chrome was the last to be denied in 2014.

As the pair pulled well clear of the remainder, Tapwrit wore down his opponent to win the $1.5 million contest, in which he was returned second favourite at almost 11-2; he stopped the clock at 2m30.02s. One-eyed Patch was third, 7-3/4 lengths off the pace.

Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming and Preakness victor Cloud Computing skipped the Belmont.

"The Derby win was awesome", he said. The last five weeks have been the ultimate rollercoaster for us. Especially with the Derby victor, the two-week turnaround between the Derby and the Preakness is a really short time for horses, but it's a pretty long 14 days for a horse trainer. We felt like both horses suited the mile and a half distance. They want to be in a tactical position. "We're fortunate it fell into place".

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John Malone is chairman of Liberty Media Corp., whose holdings include Sirius XM radio and the Atlanta Braves. His trainer Chad Brown has 20-1 shot Twisted Tom, who brings a three-race winning streak into the race on his home track. Following a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Preakness, Always Dreaming skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Epicharis was scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes after failing to pass the prerace veterinary exam performed by Anthony Verderosa, the chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association. He was found to be lame on Wednesday and was treated with anti-inflammatory medication Wednesday and Thursday. "He got a lovely trip".

"It was everything that we had talked about", Pletcher said.

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"We were just hoping he had enough in the tank when it came to the crunch".

"That last sixteenth (of a mile) Tapwrit really dug down deep", Pletcher said.

Tapwrit then made his move down the final stretch, trying to catch Irish War Cry.

Irish War Cry was 10th in the Derby.

Irish War Cry's lead decreased inch by inch as Tapwrit, game to the end, dropped his head and went to work. Ultimately, it was the patience of Tapwrit that gave him and jockey Jose Ortiz the victory.

Pletcher's belief in Tapwrit took hold in the past month. It's a tough race.

Epicharis has not raced since finishing second in the UAE Derby on March 25. He guided the colt to the outside until he could be stopped. With little control over his mount, Geroux smartly angled the horse to the outside of the field and Hollywood Handsome continued to run, getting as close as third before tiring and allowing Geroux to ease him out of the race. "I nearly went down and I lost my stirrup".

Tapwrit finished two lengths in front of the field and won the race in 2 minutes, 30.2 seconds after Meantime and Irish War Cry got the Belmont off to a fast start.

  • Regina Holmes