Tapwrit won the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Race favorite Irish War Cry broke away early and led for the majority of the race, but Tapwrit, who came in with 5-1 odds, used a late push to slide into first and grab the win.
The victory gives trainer Todd Pletcher two-thirds of the 2017 Triple Crown with Always Dreaming’s Kentucky Derby victory. It also marks the third time Pletcher has won the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Following the win, Pletcher explained that the race played out exactly the way his team had hoped it would.
“Tapwrit was getting a beautiful trip,” Pletcher said. “It was everything that we had talked about in the paddock before the race. It was just hoping that he had enough when it came crunch time.”
Pletcher is also the trainer of Patch, the one-eyed horse who came away with a third-place finish.
Meanwhile, jockey Jose Ortiz celebrated his first Triple Crown victory, calling the win “unbelievable.”
Both Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing pulled out of the Belmont Stakes, opening up the field and paving the way for three different Triple Crown race winners in 2017.
NEW YORK (AP) Face of Winner pulled an 18-1 upset Thursday in the $90,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old trained by Gustavo Delgado rallied six-wide at the top of the stretch en route to a 1 1/4-length victory, his fourth in 14 career starts. Eric Cancel was aboard for the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.46, and Face of Winner paid $39.80, $14 and $2.90.
Unbridled Juan, the 3/5 favorite, was disqualified from second for interference in the stretch.
Doyouknowsomething, the victim of the foul, was elevated from third to second and returned $4.60 and $2.40.
The stewards dropped Unbridled Juan to third. He paid $2.10 to show.
NEW YORK — Trainer Chad Brown won two of the three stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Belmont Park.
Brown posted victories with New Money Honey in the $200,000 Miss Grillo and Mirai in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard.
Filibustin, trained by Greg Sacco, pulled an 11-1 upset in the third stakes, the $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma.
New Money Honey, ridden by Javier Castellano, rolled to a 2 3/4-length victory over Rymska in the Miss Grillo for fillies on the turf. She paid $10.60 to win.
The other two stakes were for New York breds.
Mirai, with Jose Ortiz aboard, improved to 2 for 2 with a two-length win over Pat On the Back in the Bongard. He paid $2.80 to win as the 2/5 favorite.
Jose Lezcano guided Filibustin to a 4 3/4-length victory over Tiznow’s Smile in the Gimma for fillies. She paid $24 to win.