Tapwrit won the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday using a huge surge of energy late in the race to overtake the field in the final furlongs of the 1.5-mile Belmont Park track.

Tapwrit finished sixth at the Kentucky Derby back in May and skipped the Preakness Stakes. He's the fifth horse in the past nine years to finish out of the money in the Derby, skip the Preakness and win the Belmont.

"We felt like with the five weeks in between, and with the way this horse had trained, that he had a legitimate chance," trainer Todd Pletcher said after the race, according to the Associated Press. "I think that's always an advantage."

Trailing favorite Irish War Cry coming into the final turn at the monstrous track, Tapwrit exploded down the stretch. He showed no signs of fatigue as jockey Jose Ortiz charged with him past Irish War Cry on the outside and through the finish line for the victory.

The win also created a nice streak for the Ortiz family at the Belmont. It was Jose's first career win at the Belmont -- or in any Triple Crown race for that matter -- but his brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., won the race on Creator in just last year.

"Unbelievable," Ortiz said after the race. "It's a feeling I can't explain. I'm very happy right now."

The win by Tapwrit also capped off a fantastic Triple Crown season for trainer Todd Pletcher. He opened the season with a win by his horse Always Dreaming in the Kentucky Derby and closed it with Tapwrit's win in the Belmont. He's the first trainer to win the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont with different horses since 1996.

"Tapwrit was getting a beautiful trip," Pletcher said, according to the AP. "It was everything we talked about in the paddock before the race. We were hoping he had enough when it came to crunch time. It looked like Irish War Cry still had a little something left, but the last sixteenth, he dug down deep."

It's also the third time one of Pletcher's horses has won the Belmont, with Rags To Riches winning in 2007, and Palace Malice winning in 2013.

If that wasn't enough, Pletcher also trained the horse that finished third. Fan favorite Patch, the one-eyed horse, finished in the money from 12-to-1 odds.


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