Sir Winston provided a perfect finish to a crazy Triple Crown.
After an exclusion in the Kentucky Derby and a runaway steed in the Preakness, obviously the Belmont Stakes goes to a 10-1 long shot.
Sir Winston caught the $1.5 million race Saturday, holding off favored Tacitus by a length.
The success gave coach Mark Casse the last two gems in the exhibit for 3-year-old pure breeds. He won the Preakness with War of Will, who was relied upon to fight Tacitus in the 1¹/₂-mile Belmont.
Rather, Casse’s other’s foal led the pack after a ground-sparing ride by Joel Rosario.
It wasn’t generally a stun to Casse.
“He said all week he was doing truly well,” Casse said. “He had a race over the track. Nothing more needs to be said. It’s simply energizing.”
Sir Winston, who was making his Triple Crown debut, completed second in the Peter Pan Stakes, the conventional prep for the Belmont.
Rosario rode him without precedent for that race, and the two put on a show Saturday before a horde of 56,217, winning $800,000 for proprietor Tracy Farmer.
Long shot Joevia completed third and Tax was fourth.
The Triple Crown crush got to Preakness victor War of Will, who kept running in each of the three races. He completed ninth in the 10-horse field.
“He could see where War of Will was battling a smidgen,” Casse said. “He looked like possibly he was a little level today.”
The Belmont topped an engaging Triple Crown featured by the preclusion of Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby. It started enthusiasm for pure blood dashing regardless of no probability of the third Triple Crown victor in five years, going ahead the impact points of Justify a year ago and American Pharoah in 2015.
It was all positive. There were no catastrophes on the track. No steeds passed on.
The Belmont was a racer’s race and Rosario was the correct rider on a steed loaded with run.