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After a large upset winner within the Kentucky Derby, issues returned to regular within the 2022 Belmont Stakes, with betting favourite Mo Donegal getting the largest win of his profession.
Coming into the race with a 7-2 odds ($700 to win $200), jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. took a conservative strategy earlier than letting Mo Donegal unfastened. The horse slowly got here out of the gate, sitting in sixth place and coming round to the primary flip.
There was not a lot enterprise throughout the race on the leaderboard. We had been on the high, adopted by Skippylongstocking and Nest.
Mo Donegal – settled for fourth on the mile marker. Ortiz kicked issues into gear with the horse down the ultimate stretch for the win.
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Mo Donegal had completed fifth at Churchill Downs 5 weeks in the past. He was 3¾ taller than Wealthy Strike.
Regardless of not making the board within the Kentucky Derby, Thomas Casale Motion Community defined why the three-year-old colt deserves its standing as the favourite for the race:
Casale stated, “Moe Donegal loves New York, voting Preakness winner early within the Wooden Memorial, beating Xandon within the Remsen Stakes, and breaking his maiden at Belmont. He is relaxed and his hard-charging model is a part of this observe. Good match.”
Wealthy Strike and Mo Donegal had been the one horses that completed within the high 5 within the Kentucky Derby to compete within the Belmont Stakes. Wealthy Strike, who scored the second largest upset in Kentucky Derby historical past, completed sixth within the eight-horse area at Belmont Park.
No horses participated within the Preakness Stakes on Could 21. Early voting, following a victory in Pimlico, kicked off Belmont. Ortiz had a great rebound efficiency after inserting Armagnac in seventh place three weeks in the past.
Donegal Racing Horse took the fourth win of their final six races. He entered the Kentucky Derby and gained at Wooden Memorial. It was a giant step in the correct route after ending third within the Holy Bull Grade 3 Stakes race on February 5.
The race began in the identical method because the Kentucky Derby for Mo Donegal. Ortiz gave him a gradual begin from the primary put up, however he constructed up sufficient floor to make a decent end.
The longer observe at Belmont Park labored a lot better for Mo Donegal’s energy. He regarded sturdy throughout the 1.5-mile run, whereas the remainder of the sphere was getting worse.
Saturday’s win is the second win for Ortiz (Producer, 2016) within the Belmont Stakes. It is a win within the Triple Crown race for coach Todd Plechter (three within the Belmont Stakes, two within the Kentucky Derby).