Tapwrit rallies to win Belmont Stakes

Not included in this final event for three-year-olds is the Kentucky Derby victor (Always Dreaming), the Preakness victor (Cloud Computing) and the early favorite at Belmont, Classic Empire (foot abscess). The winning trainer, Todd Pletcher, is the undisputed king of racing in NY - and beyond, at the moment - and Tapwrit became his third Belmont Stakes victor, joining Rags to Riches and Palace Malice.

The win became his trainer's third victor of the race after Rags To Riches (2007) and Palace Malice (2012). This was the second straight year and the 10th time in the past 19 years that the Belmont victor skipped the Preakness after running in the Kentucky Derby. Five of the past nine Belmont winners did that.

Tapwrit finished sixth at the Kentucky Derby and then skipped the Preakness. Patch, another Pletcher-trained horse, returned $6.50 to show.

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

Motion was not planning on a front-running attempt from Irish War Cry. Patch came in third. Gormley, ninth in the Derby, finished fourth Saturday. The final time in the 1 ½ mile race over a track rated fast was 2:30.02.

It was a special moment in the career of Puerto Rican rider Jose Ortiz, too, and with his first victory he followed up the success of his brother, Irad, who won the US Classic 12 months ago aboard Creator.

Tapwrit paid $12.60, $6.50 and $5 at 5-1 odds.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Irish War Cry remains the favorite at 7/2.

Hoppert: This second-place finisher in the Peter Pan at Belmont Park should go straight to the lead in the Belmont.

"The [Kentucky] Derby win was awesome, and the ebbs and flows of this game are well-documented". The last five weeks have been the ultimate rollercoaster for us.

"The mile and a half should help him and hopefully we're going to see the best of him", Romans said. They had the right running styles, the right dispositions, the right pedigrees. "We're fortunate it fell into place".

Tapwrit's connections picked up $800,000 in prize money out of the $1.5 million purse. The son of Tapit came back to NY to freshen up for his run in the Test of a Champion.

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The New York Racing Assn. had offered a $1-million bonus to any Japan-based horse that won. Neither Always Dreaming nor Cloud Computing competed in Saturday's running with the Triple Crown out of the picture. He was scratched because of inflammation in the right front hoof.

"Tapwrit was getting a lovely trip".

But as the footage above shows, we still got an absorbing race. We kind of hoped that somebody else would go for it, but he had to go to Plan B and [jockey] Rajiv [Maragh] did a great job.

  • Salvatore Jensen