Two out of three ain't bad.
Tapwrit returned $12.60 for a $2 win wager.
Pletcher is also the trainer for Patch, who finished third Saturday.
The three year old division has taken significant hits due to the absence of top talent in the Triple Crown races, but there is still quality horses left in play and the Belmont never seems to disappoint.
"It's an unbelievable feeling that I can't explain", Ortiz said. "So at least today he showed some of his true colors, so I'm really happy about that". Check back after the race for results to see who won.
Irish War Cry's lead was not almost as large, and then came the final 1,097 feet, a stretch of track that has ruined Triple Crown hopes and forced many a runner into retirement.
Irish War Cry and Ravij Maragh looked to have the race sewn up coming in to the stretch, having set a moderate pace for much of the 2,400-metre event.
Tapwrit and Patch are trained by Todd Pletcher. Irish War Cry paid $4.70 for second and completed the $2 exacta of $45.20.
So this grand Long Island racetrack, the site of Triple Crown coronations for immortal horses like Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and, most recently, American Pharoah, was more or less an audition stage for a bunch of unproven 3-year-olds, any one of whom might evolve into a future powerhouse. He implored his colt for all he was worth during the stretch run, and Tapwrit gradually wore down Irish War Cry under steady left-handed urging.
"It actually wasn't our plan to be on the lead", said Graham Motion, trainer of the beaten favorite.
"We were hoping we might get a little bit of a stalking trip but we had to go to Plan B and Rajiv did a great job". "I knew I had him when I passed the eighth pole". His sire, Curlin, finished second in the 2007 Belmont and produced the 2013 victor, Palace Malice.
Pletcher can reflect on an exceptional season, as he also watched Always Dreaming take the Kentucky Derby.
"The horse was close to being able to compete but we ran out of time".
Pletcher became the first trainer since 1996 to win the Kentucky Derby and Belmont in the same year with different horses.
Santa Anita - with its lovely setting, wonderful weather and wealthy owners, along with the success of trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert - became the industry leader, barely. He won it in April, and then shot a dud in the Preakness.
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