Belmont Stakes Results
Review the recaps of each’s year Belmont Stakes run.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Belmont Stakes was delayed by 2 weeks from it’s original date of June 6th to June 20th. Despite this later start, the race was still the first of the Triple Crown races run for the year due to scheduling chaos. Due to it’s position as the 1st Triple Crown event the traditional length of 1 & 1/2 miles was reduced to 1 1/8 miles.
In the historic race, Tiz the Law became the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont Stakes in over a 100 years. Dr Post came in second followed by Max Player in 3rd.
After trailing for much of the race, longshot Sir Winston surged late to win the 2019 Belmont Stakes. Betting favorite Tacitus came in 2nd followed by Joevia, who had led from the 1st turn into the final stretch.
Justify bolted out of gate 1, took an early lead, and never gave it up in the process of becoming the 13th Triple Crown champion of all time. Gronkowski, a star contender from Europe, finished in second place, while the Bill Mott-trainer Hofburg took 3rd.
The 2017 Belmont Stakes ran on June 10th, 2017 in front of 57,729 fans in New York. With both Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing out of the running after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes respectively, there was room for a new champion to be born. An eleven horse field took to the gates with Irish War Cry installed as the 7/2 opening favorite.
A pack led by 13/1 longshot Meantime paced out with fractions of :23.88, :48.86 and 1:14.01 in the first three-quarter miles. Irish War Cry was biding his time, as was Tapwrit, 6/1 outsider on the morning line. Noted speedster Gormley and Patch also steadied in the mix. Almost strangely, Hollywood Handsome roared along the outside with rider Florent Geroux having lost his footing in the irons. The 30/1 longshot was an eventual DNF, but it created an odd sight around the backstretch.
Irish War Cry made his move at the three-quarter pole and Meantime lost his gas at the mile marker with the pace being clocked at 1:38.95 and seemed like he was about to shift gears and pull away from the remainder of his rivals. However, he wasn’t alone. Tapwrit stayed within striking distance of Irish War Cry and wore him down in the elongated homestretch of the 2017 Belmont Stakes to capture a thrilling victory in 2:30.02 over the grueling 1 ½ mile distance.
The victory was trainer Todd Pletcher’s third in the Belmont Stakes, who held a home track advantage with Tapwrit. “Belmont Park is our home base, and I think that’s always an advantage.”
Pletcher also noted that the rest between the Kentucky Derby, where Tapwrit finished 6th, along with skipping the Preakness added some much needed firepower. “We felt like with the five weeks in between, and with the way this horse had trained, he had a legitimate chance.”
Regular rider Jose Ortiz, who has been aboard Tapwrit for his entire three-year-old campaign, picked up his first Triple Crown victory as well. “It was a great training job by Todd. I always like him and ha d a lot of faith in him. Today he showed up.”
At 6/1, Tapwrit paid out a handsome $12,80, $6.50 and $5.00 across the board. Irish Wary Cry delivered $4.70 to place and $3.90 to show. Patch was valiant in finishing third despite 12/1 odds and was worth $6.50.
The final leg of the 2016 Triple Crown, the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes, saw a final surge by Creator to overtake Destin and win by a nose. It was a mild surprise, as Creator came into the Belmont Stakes with 16-1 pre-race odds.
There was no way of predicting how the Steve Asmussen-trained Creator would perform in the Belmont Stakes. He didn’t race in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and finished a non-threatening 13th in the Kentucky Derby (G1). However, he did win the Arkansas Derby (G1) prior to the Kentucky Derby, so he was always a Belmont contender.
Belmont favorite Exaggerator, who won the Preakness and was the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, tried to make a run on the outside, but didn’t have enough gas to make an impact. He would finish a disappointing 11th, 14 3/4 lengths behind.
Destin led every stride of the race, expect for the last and most important one, as Creator stole the victory from him and helped earn trainer Steve Asmussen his first Belmont victory. Lani would finish in third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner.
“It’s the best feeling right now,” said Asmussen. “The great thing about racing—you can have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month. They don’t put you behind the gates. They put you up even and give you a chance to prove yourself.”
Creator paid $34.80, $14.60, and $9.40 across the board. Runner-up Destin returned $9.40 and $6.20. Third-place finisher Lani delivered $6.60 to show.
Below are the full results:
4. Governor Malibu
6. Brody’s Cause
7. Cherry Wine
10. Trojan Nation
12. Seeking the Soul
13. Forever d’Oro
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American Pharoah’s victories in the 141 Kentucky Derby and a soggy edition of the 140th Preakness Stakes set the popular bay up for a run at history in the 147th Belmont Stakes on June 6. The Pioneerof the Nile colt was attempting to become just the 12th horse to pull off a sweep of the famed Triple Crown comprised of the three classics for sophomores.
Just like the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah was sent off the favorite and ran to his odds when romping home the easiest of winners. Trained by Bob Baffert for owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat, the Kentucky-bred champion took command of the race from the start and never looked back while schooling seven rivals by 5 1/2 lengths on the wire.
American Pharoah finished 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.65 under regular jockey Victor Espinoza, and, in doing so, ended a 37-year drought that dated back to Affirmed’s Triple Crown in 1978.
Frosted was best of the rest, two lengths in front of Keen Ice, who took third by a neck over Mubtaahij. Frammento came next and was followed by Madefromlucky, Tale of Verve and Materiality.
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