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Tapwrit rallies to win Belmont Stakes

It was a home win for Pletcher, who is based at Belmont Park in NY, and with his third victor of the race he became the first trainer to claim the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes with two different horses since D Wayne Lukas in 1996.

Tapwrit had finished strongly in wet conditions at the Derby and proved well suited for the longer distance at the Belmont. His colt had won the Kentucky Derby on May 6 to become 2017's hope of becoming the 13 Triple Crown champion. Patch - the one-eyed horse - finished third. I always liked him and we always had a lot of faith in him.

If Irish War Cry's jockey, Rajiv Maragh, was disappointed in coming up just short, he didn't show it after the race. He also finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby and also had a dud in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth when he finished seventh. Ortiz's brother Irad won the race past year with Creator.

While at Fair Hill, Irish War Cry trained so well "I felt he earned a trip to the Belmont", Motion said.

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. Finishing in second was Irish War Cry, followed by Patch in third.

Tapwrit won the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday using a huge surge of energy late in the race to overtake the field in the final furlongs of the 1.5-mile Belmont Park track.

"The Derby win was awesome", he said.

Pletcher is quietly building his Triple Crown race resume, which now is up to five wins for a trainer who will turn 50 in less than three weeks. They had the right running styles, the right dispositions, the right pedigrees. "Fortunately, it all fell into place". The 3-year-old gray colt was purchased for $1.2 million, making him the most expensive horse in the field. Obviously the third leg of the Triple Crown always has a bit of intrigue due to the length of the race.

John Malone is chairman of Liberty Media Corp., whose holdings include Sirius XM radio and the Atlanta Braves.

Jody Demling of CBS Sports and SportsLine has picked the last nine Kentucky Derby winners, and he plans to hold a ticket for Tapwrit by the time the race starts tonight.

Neither was Cloud Computing, which won the Preakness three weeks ago. Classic Empire, the expected favourite, dropped out Wednesday with a foot abscess.

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.

"I don't think that it's been any secret that Jose has been a rising star for the last few years", Pletcher said.

But as the footage above shows, we still got an absorbing race. Hagiwara added, "The horse was close to being able to compete, but we ran out of time".

"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.



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