September 28, 2022
Mo Donegal wins Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK — Mo Donegal won and filly Nest was second, giving trainer Todd Pletcher a 1-2 finish at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday for his sixth victory in a Triple Crown race.

Mo Donegal beat a wide-open, eight-horse field without a clear favorite. We the People, a monster in the mud, opened at 2 to 1 amid a rainy forecast but reached 7 to 2 by race time as showers held off.

Mo Donegal entered the gate the betting favorite at 5 to 2. We the People led for much of the race, but Mo Donegal and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. took charge coming out of the final turn.

Rich Strike, a stunning Kentucky Derby winner at 80-to-1 odds this year, was sixth after owner Rick Dawson and trainer Eric Reed held him out of the Preakness with an eye on Belmont. Rich Strike was the first healthy Derby winner to skip the Preakness since 1985.

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