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Tapwrit rallies to win Belmont Stakes

19 Juin 2017

However, when there's no history at stake the Belmont Stakes suffers.

Years ago, West Coast racing was for those afraid to compete with the superior trainers and horses in NY.

"That's always an advantage", Pletcher said.

Running in first from the start, Irish War Cry seemed to have a shot at holding onto his front-runner status through the race's finish.

Jockey Mike Smith, pats Mor Spirit, in the winner's circle after winning the Metropolitan.

Jose Ortiz stalked the frontrunner, then caught Irish War Cry on the front stretch.

It took a while for Tapwrit to find his best gear. Tapwrit was up to the task, but Gormley flattened out as the field turned for home.

"Tapwrit was getting a attractive trip", Pletcher told reporters. "It was everything we talked about in the paddock before the race".

"We come hopeful, not expecting", O'Meara said.

Monmouth Park's $1 million, Grade 1 Betfair Haskell Invitational at a mile and a furlong on July 31 looms as a high dollar possible for both Tapwrit and Irish War Cry.

With the victory on Saturday, Tapwrit is the third Belmont victor over the previous four races to be a son of Tapit.

For the winning jockey, the Belmont win evened the score with his brother and fellow rider Irad Ortiz, Jr., who won last year's Belmont with Creator. "I'm happy for the owners and for Todd for giving me the opportunity".

"Unbelievable", Ortiz said after the race.

TV channel/schedule: Once again the race will carried on NBC Sports Network, the cable TV option for NBC's sports broadcasts. I'll use him in my superfecta. "Today he showed up". The Belmont was a bit of payback against Irish War Cry, since that colt crashed into Tapwrit coming out of the starting gate in the Derby and compromised his chance to win. For Rags to Riches to be our first American classic win, it's a race that's been so good to us and we've been very fortunate now to win three. Trainer Graham Motion didn't plan on having the favorite on the lead so jockey Rajiv Maragh was forced into Plan B.

"At the eighth pole, I thought was might be home free", Motion said, "but it's the Belmont". It's a tough race. After the Derby, when he ran so disappointingly, I wanted to go home and just forget about the Triple Crown, which is what the Derby does to you when you don't run well. The Belmont Stakes is the longest of all three stake races at 1 ½ miles and that extra quarter mile usually has an effect on many horses, especially those who have a bad reputation for closing poorly. I expect this son of Tapit to run a top notch effort. The colt was wiped out at the start, but managed to bull his way through an unruly field, getting bumped and pin-balled the whole way. He went three-quarters [of a mile] in [1:14].

Tapwrit rallies to win Belmont Stakes