Mo Donegal gives trainer sixth Belmont win
Mo Donegal has finished first and filly Nest second, giving trainer Todd Pletcher a 1-2 finish at the Belmont Stakes for his sixth victory in the Triple Crown race.
Donegal rounded the 1 1/2-mile track in 2 minutes, 28.28 seconds, ahead of Nest and Skippylongstocking.
Pletcher won the Belmont Stakes for the fourth time, following Rags to Riches in 2007, Palace Malice in 2013 and Tapwrit in 2017.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr, Mo Donegal beat a wide-open, eight-horse field without a clear favourite - We the People, a monster in the mud, opened at 2 to 1 amid a rainy forecast but reached 7 to 2 by race time as showers held off.
Mo Donegal ended up the betting favourite at 5 to 2. We the People led for much of the race, but Mo Donegal took charge coming out of the final turn.
Rich Strike, a stunning Kentucky Derby winner at 80-to-1 odds, was sixth after owner Rick Dawson and trainer Eric Reed held him out of the Preakness with an eye on Belmont. Rich Strike was the first healthy Derby winner to skip Pimlico since 1985.
Just like Rich Strike, Mo Donegal was at the back of the pack at the Derby, but the colt didn't have enough kick at Churchill Downs. He found it Saturday, winning the 154th running of the $US1.5 million ($A2.12m) race.
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