Tapwrit wins the Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit had finished strongly in wet conditions at the Derby and proved well suited for the longer distance at the Belmont.

The race was held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

Two key scratches plus the absence of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners took some prominence away from the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes, but there was still plenty of drama in Saturday's "Test of the Champion".

Even though few big name horses will be watching from the sidelines at this year's Belmont Stakes, several Kentucky Derby and Preakness entries will be making their way to NY for the final leg of the Triple Crown circuit. If they made a decision to bring the horse, it's because they think he's able to win.

The 49-year-old Pletcher may be a Texas native, but he settled into the biggest and best racing jurisdiction in North America nearly 30 years ago.

Years ago, West Coast racing was for those afraid to compete with the superior trainers and horses in NY. Always Dreaming and Preakness victor Cloud Computing both skipped the race.

The Belmont Stakes is also known as the "Run for the Carnations" after the tradition of draping the victor in a blanket of white carnations.

And Saturday was his time to shine, with a horse whose victory could be appreciated on many New York-centric levels, even without a Triple Crown on the line. I might box all of those. "I'm happy for the owners and for Todd [Pletcher] for giving me the opportunity". "If the odds are too short, I'm not interested".

The $2 trifecta box is as follows: "Belmont race 11, $2 trifecta box 1, 2, 7, 12".

The favorite as of Saturday morning is Irish War Cry at 4-to-1.

Here's some of what Thomas had to say about those five horses.

Jockey Daniel A. Tudhope chose to come across the pond to ride Mondialiste in the Grade 1 race, and after a big win, the decision paid off. "He should go off at 15-1".

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

An interesting horse because he's never run against the kind of competition most of these have. He picks up Castellano, a big plus-money jockey. This horse is overdue to pull off a big win! He's worth using in exotics. He also trained Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming.

Also, here's a look at the latest odds and post positions.

He won the Santa Anita Derby and the Sham.

An exacta bet is on the top two finishers of the race. This is the time he's supposed to run a good one. Hagiwara added, "The horse was close to being able to compete, but we ran out of time". I'll use him in my superfecta. He's on the decline.

He's getting better, but they're jumping him up.

While there was no Triple Crown chance this year, the series delivered three quality races with exciting finishes to each.

"I was sure that he could handle it". He has a great race, he has a bad race, he comes back with a great race. He's due for a good one. The gelding - with Cloud Computing's connections of trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano - wasn't nominated to the Triple Crown, so had to be supplemented to the Belmont for $75,000. "So if he can stay, it's really his race to lose, I believe". He's definitely worth using in the mix at a decent price.

Drape: Here's your Illinois Derby victor - for real. Check back after the race for results to see who won. It does come with questions about a Japanese horse with a sore foot. I don't know what I'll do with him, if anything at all.

Hagiwara trained 2009 Japanese Derby victor Logi Universe, the only Group 1 victor so far in his career.

  • Zachary Reyes