Belmont Stakes Diaries: Tapwrit Tops a Spectacular Belmont Day

Events / Travel
Jose Ortiz and Tapwrit enter Belmont Park’s main track for the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes, (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

I love the Belmont Stakes: not only is it a home game for me (I live in New York City, so the track is just an easy train ride away!) but Belmont Park is also one of my favorite places in the world. Big Sandy (the track’s long-time nickname) is a spectacular destination for any weekend with its towering trees, ivy-lined grandstand, and top-notch racing throughout the meet – but on Belmont Stakes day, the track truly comes to life. Fans pack the park to take in the outstanding races that include two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” events which qualify their victors to the World Championships in November, as well as the marquee event of the day: the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, which is the third leg of the Triple Crown.

Tapwrit took this year’s Belmont Stakes, the race’s 149th running, in spectacular fashion, outdueling favorite Irish War Cry to claim the carnations and solidify his place in horse racing’s history books. Trainer Todd Pletcher was clearly thrilled: after all, the win in the Belmont Stakes bookended the Triple Crown for him, since he won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with Always Dreaming on the first Saturday in May.

In the slideshow below, I’ll walk you through my afternoon at Belmont Park. From the scene in the back yard to the Belmont Stakes, it was just plain fun to be at the track on Saturday, and I’m excited to share my experience with you!

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