It has truly been a topsy-turvy season in thoroughbred horse racing. After a disqualification in the Kentucky Derby and a runaway horse in the Preakness, it would only make sense that there would be another surprise, as ‘Sir Winston’ provided a perfect finish to take Belmont and wrap up this crazy Triple Crown.
Isn’t it only fitting that the Belmont Stakes would go to a 10-1 long shot?
What Horse Won the Race
‘Sir Winston’ captured the $1.5 million race Saturday, holding off favored horse ‘Tacitus’ by a length.
The win gave trainer Mark Casse the final two jewels in the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. He won the Preakness with ‘War of Will’, who was expected to battle ‘Tacitus’ in the 1½ mile Belmont.
Instead, it was Casse’s other’s colt in the race that took the lead after a ground-saving ride by jockey Joel Rosario.
It wasn’t really all that surprising to Casse. “I said all week he was doing really well,” Casse said. “He had a race over the track. What can I say? It’s just exciting.”
‘Sir Winston’, who was making his Triple Crown debut, finished second in the Peter Pan Stakes, the traditional prep race for the Belmont. So based on that, the feelings of confidence were high.
Jockey Rosario rode ‘Sir Winston’ for the first time in that race (Peter Pan), and the two (horse & jockey) put on a show Saturday in front of a crowd of over 56,000. The win earned $800,000 for owner Tracy Farmer.
An Exciting Season
Long shot horse ‘Joevia’ finished third and ‘Tax’ was fourth.
The grind of the Triple Crown caught up to Preakness winner ‘War of Will’, who ran in all three races. He finished ninth in the 10-horse field at Belmont.
“I could see where ‘War of Will’ was struggling a little bit,” Casse said. “He looked like maybe he was a little flat today.”
The Belmont capped a wildly entertaining Triple Crown season highlighted by the disqualification of ‘Maximum Security’ in the Kentucky Derby. It sparked interest in thoroughbred racing despite no possibility of the third Triple Crown winner in five years, coming on the heels of ‘Justify’ last year and ‘American Pharoah’ in 2015.
The race was exciting as ‘Sir Winston’ was way behind and was in eighth for the first half-mile and then started to rally on the final turn.
Up front, 21-1 long shot ‘Joevia’ continued to set the pace with ‘Tax’ closely tracking. When it got to the stretch, jockey Rosario angled ‘Sir Winston’ (named after Winston Churchill) off the rail and that slightly bothered stablemate ‘War of Will’.
This time, there was going to be no inquiry or objections. ‘Sir Winston’ surged to the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and held off a late run from ‘Tacitus’.
The second-place finish denied trainer Bill Mott two-thirds of the Triple Crown. Motts’ horse, ‘Country House’ was awarded first place in the Kentucky Derby after much controversy and the results of the race having to go to review.
‘Sir Winston’ paid $22.40, $8.80 and $6.10. ‘Tacitus’ returned $3.90 and $3.20 as the 9-5 favorite. ‘Joevia’ hung on for third, paying $8.70.
The win was the third in ten starts for the slowly-developing ‘Sir Winston’. Casse always believed in the horse despite early struggles.
“We’re very proud of him,” the 58-year-old trainer said. “He’s kind of what our operation represents. We develop horses. The first two times he ran, he got beat 10 or 20 lengths. I can remember having a conversation with Mr. Farmer up at Saratoga and I said ‘Don’t give up on him.’ ”
The feeling paid off – big time!
This highly unpredictable Triple Crown season started with an insane ending result at the Kentucky Derby. ‘Maximum Security’ crossed the line first and become the first apparent winner ever to be disqualified, taken down for interfering with ‘War of Will’ in the stretch. ‘Country House’ was given first, giving Mott his first Derby win and becoming the second longest shot (65-1) to win the Derby.
At the Preakness two weeks later, ‘War of Will’ came back to win, but his impressive performance was overshadowed when in a shocking scene, a rival horse threw his jockey off and ran around the track as the race continued.
The final results of the race were:
Belmont Stakes Finish: Horse; Jockey; Trainer (Payout)
1. Sir Winston; Joel Rosario; Mark Casse ($800,000)
2. Tacitus; Jose Ortiz; Bill Mott ($300,000)
3. Joevia; Jose Lezcano; Gregg Sasco ($165,000)
4. Tax; Irad Ortiz Jr.; Danny Gargan ($90,000)
5. Master Fencer; Julien Leparoux; Koichi Tsunoda ($45,000)
6. Spinoff; Javier Castellano; Todd Pletcher
7. Everfast; Luis Saez; Dale Romans
8. Intrepid Heart; John Velazquez; Todd Pletcher
9. War of Will; Tyler Gaffalione; Mark Casse
10. Bourbon War; Mike Smith; Mark Hennig
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