Belmont Park, Elmont, New York: Sir Winston crossed the finish line first at the 151st Belmont Stakes on Saturday at 2:28 seconds. After a disqualification in the Kentucky Derby and a runaway horse in the Preakness, of course the Belmont Stakes goes to a 10-1 long shot.
Sir Winston broke ahead in the final leg, crossing ahead of Joevia, which lead early in the race, and one of the favorites, Tacitus.
The win gave trainer Mark Casse the final two jewels in the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. He won the Preakness with War of Will, who was expected to battle Tacitus in the 1½ mile Belmont. Instead, Casse’s other’s colt took the lead after a ground-saving ride by Joel Rosario.
It wasn’t really a shock to Casse. “I said all week he was doing really well,” Casse said. “He had a race over the track. What can I say? It’s just exciting.”
Preakness winner War of Will finished ninth. But trainer Mark Casse, who won Preakness with War of Will, had his second win with Sir Winston.
There was no possiblity of a Triple Crown, with Country Horse taking the Kentucky Derby.
This unpredictable Triple Crown season started with a wild result in the Kentucky Derby. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first and become the first apparent winner to be disqualified, taken down for interfering with War of Will in the stretch. Country House was elevated to first, giving Mott his first Derby win and becoming the second longest shot (65-1) to win the Derby.
War of Will came back two weeks later to win the Preakness, but his impressive performance was overshadowed when a rival threw his jockey and ran around the track as the race continued.
Here are thepayouts for win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta:
Belmont Stakes Results
- Sir Winston – Win: $22.40 Place: $8.80 Show: $6.10
- Tacitus – Place: $3.90 Show: $3.20
- Joevia – Show: $8.70
- Master Fencer
- Intrepid Heart
- War of Will
- Bourbon War
$1 Exacta 7-10 $48.00
$0.10 Superfecta 7-10-1-4 $1,042.80
$0.50 Trifecta 7-10-1 $622.00