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Tapwrit Surges Past Irish War Cry to Win 2017 Belmont Stakes

Jockey Jose Ortiz is up as Tapwrit celebrates winning the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10, 2017 in Elmont, New York.

With the Belmont victory, trainer Todd Pletcher secured his second jewel of this year's Triple Crown having previously taken the 2017 Kentucky Derby with Always Dreaming.

New Jersey's hope for a win in the $1.5, Grade 1 Belmont Stakes by the 7 -2 morning line favorite Irish War Cry lasted for a mile and three eighths of the race's scheduled mile and a half distance.

Irish War Cry and Meantime started from outside gates, but both went straight for the rail at the gun and by the time the field hit the first turn, they were running 1-2 with Tapwrit, Gormley and Patch tucked in behind.

Creator with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. up leads the field to the finish to win the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2016, in Elmont, New York.

Sent out as the second choice at odds of 5-1, Tapwrit broke sharply and sat behind favorite Irish War Cry and longshot Meantime as the pair set a sharp pace of 23.88 for the first quarter. The purse is $1.5 million and the race is one and a half miles, the longest on dirt in North America.

Tapwrit Trainer Todd Fletcher got his third career win at the Belmont after he trained Derby victor Always Dreaming. But I'm not sure I'm going to go with him.

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

Pletcher, who is set to run American Patriot in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot later this month, said afterwards, "Tapwrit was getting a handsome trip".

At the start of the mile and a half classic, Irish War Cry was immediately sent to the lead, where he would stay for nearly the entire race. Pletcher's career stats in the Belmont Stakes now stand at 24: 3-5-3.

He becomes the second competitor to withdraw from the race, following Preakness runner-up Classic Empire, who withdrew after being ruled unable to run due to an abscess in his right foot. Patch - the one-eyed horse - finished third. Scroll down to find information on how to watch the race live streaming online. "We were hoping he had enough when it came crunch time". 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. So even if you're in the infield, you can drink like the folks there without much hassle.

Only one favorite has won the Belmont in the past 10 years (American Pharoah, 2015).

The only horse in the field to run in all three Triple Crown races. 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. If Irish War Cry can run the way he did at the Wood Memorial back in April, winning by three and a half lengths over Preakness victor Cloud Computing, he should claim the Belmont Stakes title.



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