Down the Front Stretch, Tapwrit Wins 2017 Belmont Stakes

Down the Front Stretch, Tapwrit Wins 2017 Belmont Stakes

Down the Front Stretch, Tapwrit Wins 2017 Belmont Stakes

Jose Ortiz stalked the frontrunner, then caught Irish War Cry on the front stretch.

Tapwrit came out of the 2nd spot, chased the leaders close, and ultimately passed Irish War Cry down the front stretch to win the 2017 Belmont Stakes by 2 lengths. Tapwrit had 5/1 odds paying $12.60 on a bet to win.

Irish War Cry got a good start and stayed at or near the lead for most of the race, with Meantime, Tapwrit, and Gormley chasing nearby. Irish War Cry took the final turn in front, but trainer Todd Pletcher’s Tapwrit ran by him to win the 1-1/2-mile race. Tapwrit was jockeyed by Jose Ortiz.

Patch, the 1-eyed horse, came rd, 7-3/4 lengths back. He entered the race at 12/1 odds. Irish War Cry entered as the 3/1 favorite for the Belmont.

The Belmont was missing rather a fair amount of star power or narrative drive.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming skipped the race, as did Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing.

Onetime favorite for the Kentucky Derby Classic Empire came down with a hoof abscess, as he suffered from one earlier in the year.

Then Epicharis, the Japanese entrant, came up lame after making the trip to the United States, was scratched Saturday morning.

Belmont payouts

Horse Win Place Show
Tapwrit $12.60 $6.50 $5.00
Irish War Cry $4.70 $3.90
Patch $6.50

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