Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tapwrit rallies in stretch to win Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit rallies in stretch to win Belmont Stakes

He won in 2007 with filly Rags to Riches and in 2013 with Palace Malice.

The Belmont Stakes is also known as the "Run for the Carnations" after the tradition of draping the victor in a blanket of white carnations.

Japan's Epicharis is also highly rated but there have been only nine foreign-born winners, the last being Canada's Victory Gallop in 1998. Pletcher also won the 2017 Kentucky Derby with another horse- Always Dreaming.

The Triple Crown can be a physically taxing pursuit for the horses who take part in each of the three races.

"I felt he needed to be here", Motion said.

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Tapwrit rallies in stretch to win Belmont Stakes

The race is on Saturday, June 10.

Tapwrit paid $12.60 for his fourth win in eight starts after being timed in 2:30.02. J Boys Echo is one of five Belmont runners who skipped the Preakness after running in the Derby, a route taken previous year by Belmont victor Creator.

"I'm hoping for a good result because he's getting good support from Japan, the horsemen, and the other connections, so I'm sure that Japan is hoping for a good result", he said.

Tapwrit's late charge overhauled Irish War Cry in the closing stages to win by two lengths in NY, with one-eyed horse Patch, a 13-1 shot, in third.

Irish War Cry returned $4.70 and $3.90 as the 5-2 favorite in front of 57,729 on an 82-degree day.

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Before Saturday, Tapwrit's biggest victory in his seven races had been the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 11.

"The Derby win was awesome", he said. "The last five weeks have been the ultimate roller coaster".

Panza said Thursday and Friday, after Epicharis was not sent out to train, that the horse was "walking sound" in the quarantine barn. "We thought both of our horses were training well and had the right pedigrees to handle the distance". "Fortunately, it all fell into place". The 58-year-old trainer has never raced in the US before.

Lookin At Lee will be the only horse to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown.

John Malone is chairman of Liberty Media Corp., whose holdings include Sirius XM radio and the Atlanta Braves. Classic Empire, expected to be the favorite, had to be scratched earlier in the week due to a recurrence of an abscess in his right front hoof.

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"Tapwrit was getting a lovely trip", Pletcher said. "It was everything we talked about in the paddock before the race".

In the final race before the big one, I am hoping to see Time Test win his first race on U.S. soil after moving from the United Kingdom over the winter.

The favorite as of Saturday morning is Irish War Cry at 4-to-1.

So did 86-year-old owner Isabelle de Tomaso, who has her first Belmont starter since she started owning thoroughbreds in 2003. Up front, Irish War Cry put away Meantime and appeared a likely victor at the top of Belmont's long stretch. "It's a tough race". The positioning stayed the same until the final turn, when Tapwrit turned it on.

Patch, the horse with one eye, finished third and returned $6.50 to show. The on-call vet said Hollywood Handsome sustained a cut behind his left knee, and it would be closed with staples.

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