Tapwrit Outlasts Irish War Cry in Belmont

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

His trainer Todd Pletcher has two shots at winning the $1.5 million race on his home track: He will saddle 6-1 fourth choice Tapwrit and one-eyed Patch. Tapwrit followed previous successes with Rags to Riches who, in 2007, became the third filly to withstand the rigors of the mile-and-a-half marathon and the first in 105 years. He returned $12.60 to win. Tucked in along the rail with Gormley to his outside, Tapwrit and Ortiz waited patiently behind the leaders.

"It actually wasn't our plan to be on the lead", said Graham Motion, who trains Irish War Cry. As the Wood Memorial victor separated himself from the field, Ortiz encouraged Tapwrit and the pair went after Irish War Cry.

Tapwrit was moved outside of Irish War Cry by Ortiz as they hit the top of the stretch and they were able to wear down the leader and pass him nearing the sixteenth pole. Patch came through to take third position.

After the race, the mega-trainer said, "It's our home base and I think that's always an advantage". "It was everything we talked about in the paddock before the race. We still have time, so we will give him the best care we can".

Tapwrit reeled in Irish War Cry to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, bringing the curtain down on the 2017 Triple Crown races. The winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, respectively, weren't in the field as they chose to ready for the summer season rather than run the third leg of the Triple Crown.

It was the first Triple Crown race victory for Ortiz, and it came a year after his brother, Irad, won the Belmont aboard Creator.

"The last five weeks have been the ultimate roller coaster", Pletcher said, per Beth Harris of the Associated Press (h/t the Washington Post). Tapwrit was jockeyed by Jose Ortiz. "You very seldomly just get to enjoy a win and not have a target right around the corner". But when he failed as the favorite in the Fountain of Youth, many doubted him going into the Wood Memorial.

Epicharis was undefeated as a 2-year-old in his homeland, winning his first three starts in Japan by a combined 25 lengths.

Tapwrit finished sixth in the 20-horse Kentucky Derby. Irish War Cry is the most talented horse in today's field. That threw jockey Florent Geroux out of his crouch, which in turn led to him slipping his irons.

The Japanese-bred Epicharis was scratched from the race early Saturday morning. "Each of these races individually stand on their own as major, major races and huge wins", he said.

A $2 trifecta pick (2-7-12) would have paid out $624 while a $2 superfecta pick (2-7-12-3) would have paid out $4,486. Gormley finished fourth and completed the $2 superfecta of $4,486.

Monmouth Park's $1 million, Grade 1 Betfair Haskell Invitational at a mile and a furlong on July 31 looms as a high dollar possible for both Tapwrit and Irish War Cry.

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