September 30, 2022
Mo Donegal Wins the Belmont, Ending Rich Strike's Magical Story

The favorite at post time, Mo Donegal won by three lengths, becoming the third horse to win a Triple Crown race in 2022. The Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike was sixth.

Instead, a colt named Mo Donegal, trained by Todd Pletcher, who is based in New York, and ridden by the nation’s top rider — another New Yorker, Irad Ortiz Jr. — made sure the trophy for what is known as the Test of the Champion stayed home.

The results attest to the mundane nature of the final leg of the Triple Crown: Mo Donegal lived up to his status as a nearly 3-to-1 favorite, finishing the mile-and-a-half marathon in a final time of 2:28.29. The colt paid its backers $7.20 for a $2 bet and rewarded its owners, Donegal Racing and Repole Stable, with an $800,000 first-place check.

Mo Donegal left little doubt that he was the best horse on Saturday. He blew passed the early pacesetter We the People in the stretch and held off his stablemate Nest, a filly, for an easy three-length victory. Skippylongstocking was a distant third.

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