Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes

  • Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit found enough push late in Saturday's edition of the Belmont Stakes to sneak by favorite Irish War Cry and emerge victorious in the final moments.

As disconcerting as those results were, Pletcher never wavered from Ortiz and the jockey stuck with Tapwrit.

The Haskell at Monmouth, and the Jim Dandy and Travers at Saratoga will loom large in deciding this year's 3-year-old champion once again.

The Belmont Stakes is held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Irad, meanwhile, rode Creator, pushing him to overtake Destin by a nose. It was over three seconds slower than American Pharoah's Triple Crown triumph two years ago.

Tapwrit moved into second in the stretch and jockey Jose Ortiz moved him to the lead deep in the lane. "So at least today he showed some of his true colors, so I'm really happy about that".

Tapwrit's winning time for 1 1/2 miles was 2:30.02.

"It's our home base and I think that's always an advantage", Pletcher said.

TV channel/schedule: Once again the race will carried on NBC Sports Network, the cable TV option for NBC's sports broadcasts. They will target major races in the second half of the season.

Pletcher called Ortiz "a superstar on the rise". "He's just a phenomenal rider". He's good from the gate.

Secretariat is one of the few horses who went into the Belmont looking strong, and then got stronger with every stride, to the point where the other horses weren't in the TV picture. Generally, that's the way most of our horses run. They had the right running styles, the right dispositions, the right pedigrees. "We felt like with the five weeks in between, and with the way this horse had trained, that he had a legitimate chance".

Ortiz started his career in Puerto Rico in 2012.

A team of at least five veterinarians examined the colt Saturday morning - two private vets who have been working on Epicharis this week, one vet from the Japan Racing Association, another from Northern Farm in Japan, plus Verderosa.

"We were hoping we might get a little bit of a stalking trip but we had to go to Plan B and Rajiv did a great job". He was a finalist in last year's Eclipse voting for top jockey.

When the main event hit the track, though, with Frank Sinatra's traditional "New York, New York" piping over the PA, the 149th Belmont Stakes was all-New York, baby. This was the third Belmont attempt for Jose Ortiz, who finished sixth with Samraat in 2014 and last with Forever d'Oro a year ago. Now he won't ever forget Tapwrit. "I always liked him and we always had a lot of faith in him", Ortiz said.