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Belmont Stakes Predictions: Will Irish War Cry Cash? 6/10/17

18 June 2017

TAPWRIT parlayed a dream trip into a victory in the GI Belmont S., giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third win in the Test of the Champion and rider Jose Ortiz his first after brother Irad took home the trophy previous year.

Tapwrit won the Belmont Stakes ahead of 3-1 favourite Irish War Cry in the final leg of the US Triple Crown.

This year's topsy-turvy Triple Crown trail comes to an end in a Belmont Stakes without the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners or the expected favorite who dropped out.

The field for the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes, from the rail out: Twisted Tom (20-1); Tapwrit (6-1); Gormley (8-1); J Boys Echo (15-1); Hollywood Handsome (30-1); Lookin At Lee (5-1); Irish War Cry (7-2); Senior Investment (12-1); Meantime (15-1); Multiplier (15-1); Patch (12-1).

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For the winning jockey, the Belmont win evened the score with his brother and fellow rider Irad Ortiz, Jr., who won last year's Belmont with Creator.

"The horse was close to being able to compete but we ran out of time", trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara said through a translator.

"It looked like Irish War Cry still had something left (but Tapwrit) really dug down deep". It really nearly is time for the 149th Belmont Stakes.

At the eighth pole Tapwrit turned on the gas and had plenty left in the tank as he sped past the son of Curlin and cruised home winning by two lengths. The Belmont was a bit of payback against Irish War Cry, since that colt crashed into Tapwrit coming out of the starting gate in the Derby and compromised his chance to win. "You very seldomly just get to enjoy a win and not have a target right around the corner".

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While at Fair Hill, Irish War Cry trained so well "I felt he earned a trip to the Belmont", Motion said. It was a great training job by Todd.

"It was everything that we had talked about", Pletcher said.

Tapwrit returned $12.60, $6.50 and $5 across the board for a $2 bet.

"I always had a lot of faith in him", Ortiz said. We felt that he'd done everything right on the horse and he deserved to stay with him.

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Tapwrit is co-owned by John and Leslie Malone, who race as Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta, who won the 2008 Belmont when 70-1 shot Da'Tara spoiled Big Brown's Triple Crown bid. It's a tough race. Last year's leading two-year-old Classic Empire was also ruled out a few days before the New York Classic, whilst Japanese-trained Epicharis also joined the ranks of absentees on the morning of the race. "I don't think it would be a surprise if either of them ran well".

Belmont Stakes Predictions: Will Irish War Cry Cash? 6/10/17