Tapwrit's final finish makes up for Triple Crown letdown at Belmont

20 Juin, 2017, 16:36 | Author: Lucrece Courtet

Especially with the Derby victor, the two-week turnaround between the Derby and the Preakness is a really short time for horses, but it's a pretty long 14 days for a horse trainer.

Last year's 3-year-old champion, Arrogate, is now the best horse in the world and his first graded stake was in last year's Travers, so anything can happen as we head into the summer months.

As we head into this year's Belmont Stakes, or "The Test of the Champion", we find ourselves without the champion of the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes in the field.

Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming finished eighth in the Preakness, so he is skipping the Belmont.

Betting stations were packed throughout the afternoon and evening, as horse racing fanatics and partiers alike sipped on light beer, margaritas, wine and, of course, Belmont Jewel cocktails - a blend of whiskey, lemonade, pomegranate juice and lemon zest that could be served in lively souvenir glasses for the reasonable price of $20.

Trainer Todd Pletcher's 2017 Triple Crown season can best be described with the legendary lyrics of the American musician Meat Loaf.

Tapwrit overtook Irish War Cry down the stretch and won by two lengths.

"It's all good", Pletcher said. He won in 2007 with filly Rags to Riches and in 2013 with Palace Malice.

After the race, the mega-trainer said, "It's our home base and I think that's always an advantage". "We felt like with the five weeks in between, and with the way this horse had trained, that he had a legitimate chance".

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Irish War Cry paid $4.70 and $3.90 while Patch, another Pletcher-trained horse, returned $6.50 to show.

This year's Belmont lacks some of the top three-year-olds in the country, but it should still come out a competitive race.

But as the footage above shows, we still got an absorbing race. "We still have time, so we will give him the best care we can".

Irish War Cry inherited the role of favorite after Classic Empire was forced out earlier in the week with an abscess in his hoof.

Tapwrit, despite his lofty price tag, has been a work in progress since he finished at the back of the pack in a forgettable debut last September 3 at Saratoga Race Course.

Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Tapwrit ran 11/2 miles in 2:30.02 on his home track. This highly regarded 3-year-old, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert V. LaPenta and Bridlewood Farm, finished a disappointing fifth in the Blue Grass Stakes in April and sixth in the Kentucky Derby. Ortiz was aboard for both of those misadventures.

"Tapwrit was getting a lovely trip", trainer Todd Pletcher said.

"I'm hoping for a good result because he's getting good support from Japan, the horsemen, and the other connections, so I'm sure that Japan is hoping for a good result", he said.

At 1¼ miles, the distance of the Kentucky Derby, Irish War Cry looked like a victor, and then fatigue hit him as if he ran face first into the Great Wall of China.

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