As we headed into the weekend at Belmont Park, more and more of the crowd recognized that the Belmont Stakes title was anyone’s to win. With both this year’s Kentucky Derby® and Preakness Stakes winners, Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing, not in the field, it gave the opportunity for other favorites to rise. The winner you ask? Keep reading to find out!
Located just outside of New York’s city limits, Belmont Park is home to the third leg of the Triple Crown™ or what some like to call the “Test of the Champion.” First opened in May of 1905, Belmont Park still boasts its historic roots while mixing in modern day betting technology and amenities. From the Paddock to the Grandstands, this park has seen several historic moments over the last 100+ years, including Seattle Slew’s 1977 Triple Crown™ victory, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this past weekend.
The 2017 Belmont Stakes
New York drew up some beautiful weather to bring the crowds out to Belmont Park for the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes last weekend. 57,000+ avid horse-racing fans lined the grandstands and awaited to see who would come out on top of the 2017 Belmont Stakes. As the weeks to the Belmont Stakes drew closer and the entries were solidified, including favorite to win Classic Empire’s withdraw due to a foot inquiry, many knew they were in for a good race.
As the post time came near, many race-goers had their eyes on Irish War Cry, who started the race at 7-2 odds. This proved to be faithful as Irish War Cry raced out the gate and into the front at the start of the race. With no true sprint horses in the field, Irish War Cry set a steady pace and kept his eye on the prize as Tapwrit and Gormley followed close behind.
As the 3-year-old thoroughbreds rounded the far turn Tapwrit came to full speed closing on Irish War Cry down the final stretch. Taking the lead, Tapwrit, ridden by Jockey Jose Ortiz, charged towards the finish line and won by 2 lengths in this 1 ½ mile race.
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