Published 7: 02 p.m. ET June 8, 2019| Updated 8: 41 p.m. ET June 8, 2019
New York City (AP)– Sir Winston supplied a best finish to a crazy Triple Crown.
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 recorded the $1.5 million race Saturday, holding back preferred Tacitus by a length.
The win gave trainer Mark Casse the last 2 gems in the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. He won the Preakness with War of Will, who was expected to battle Tacitus in the 1 1/2 mile Belmont.
Rather, Casse’s other’s colt took the lead after a ground-saving flight by Joel Rosario.
It wasn’t actually a shock to Casse.
” I stated all week he was doing actually well,” Casse stated. “He had a race over the track. What can I state? It’s simply exciting.”
Sir Winston, who was making his Triple Crown launching, ended up second in the Peter Pan Stakes, the traditional preparation for the Belmont.
Rosario rode him for the very first time because race, and the 2 placed on a program Saturday in front of a crowd of 56,217, earning $800,000 for owner Tracy Farmer.
Long shot Joevia completed third and Tax was fourth.
The Triple Crown grind caught up to Preakness winner War of Will, who ran in all three races. He finished ninth in the 10- horse field.
” I might see where War of Will was having a hard time a bit,” Casse said. “He looked like possibly he was a little flat today.”
The Belmont topped an amusing Triple Crown highlighted by the disqualification of Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby. It sparked interest in purebred racing regardless of no possibility of the third Triple Crown winner in five years, coming on the heels of Justify last year and American Pharoah in 2015.
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It was all positive. There were no catastrophes on the track. No horses died.
The Belmont was a jockey’s race and Rosario was the right rider on a horse complete of run.
Breaking from the No. 7 post, Rosario guided the chestnut colt to the rail for an energy-saving trip. Sir Winston was eighth for the very first half-mile and after that started to rally on the final turn.
Up front, 21 -1 long shot Joevia continued to set the speed with Tax carefully tracking. In the stretch, Rosario angled Sir Winston– called for Winston Churchill– off the rail and somewhat troubled stablemate War of Will.
This time, there was no query or objection. Sir Winston rose to the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and held back a late run from Tacitus, who had an exceptionally wide journey under jockey Jose Ortiz.
The second-place finish rejected trainer Bill Mott two-thirds of the Triple Crown. His Country Home was granted top place in the Kentucky Derby.
Sir Winston paid $2240, $8.80 and $6.10 Tacitus returned $3.90 and $3.20 as the 9-5 favorite. Joevia held on for third, paying $8.70
After Tax, Master Fencer was fifth followed by Spinoff, Everfast, Intrepid Heart, War of Will and Bourbon War. The gaining time was 2: 28.30 on the fast track under bright skies.
The win was the 3rd in 10 starts for the slow-developing Sir Winston. Casse always thought in the horse despite early struggles.
” We’re extremely happy of him,” the 58- year-old fitness instructor said. “He’s type of what our operation represents. We develop horses. The very first 2 times he ran, he got beat 10 or 20 lengths. I can remember having a discussion with Mr. Farmer up at Saratoga and I stated ‘Don’t quit on him.'”
The feeling paid off– big time.
This unpredictable Triple Crown season started with a wild outcome in the Kentucky Derby. Optimum Security crossed the finish line initially and become the first obvious winner to be disqualified, removed for interfering with War of Will in the stretch. Country House was elevated to initially, giving Mott his first Derby win and ending up being the 2nd longest shot (65 -1) to win the Derby.
War of Will came back 2 weeks later to win the Preakness, but his impressive efficiency was eclipsed when a competing threw his jockey and ran around the track as the race continued.
There were 3 significant races on the Belmont undercard.
Mitole extended his winning streak to 7 with a gutsy victory in the $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap. Pressing the pacesetting Coal Front every step, Mitole put away that rival in midstretch and held back the late difficulty by 8/5 preferred McKinzie to dominate by 3 quarters of a length. Thunder Snow, the wealthiest active thoroughbred with over $16 million in revenues, was 3rd.
Fitness instructor Chad Brown controlled the Manhattan Stakes as his horses swept the very first 3 areas in the $1 million Manhattan grass race. Bricks and Mortar rallied to extend his winning streak to 5, besting stablemate Robert Bruce by 1 1/2 lengths. Raging Bull was 3rd.
Guarana, likewise trained by Brown, beat Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress by six lengths in the $700,000 Acorn for 3-year-old fillies.
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