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Mo Donegal offers coach sixth Belmont win

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Mo Donegal gives trainer sixth Belmont win

Mo Donegal has completed first and filly Nest second, giving coach Todd Pletcher a 1-2 end on the Belmont Stakes for his sixth victory within the Triple Crown race.

Donegal rounded the 1 1/2-mile observe in 2 minutes, 28.28 seconds, forward of Nest and Skippylongstocking.

Pletcher gained the Belmont Stakes for the fourth time, following Rags to Riches in 2007, Palace Malice in 2013 and Tapwrit in 2017.

Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr, Mo Donegal beat a wide-open, eight-horse subject and not using a clear favorite – We the Folks, a monster within the mud, opened at 2 to 1 amid a wet forecast however reached 7 to 2 by race time as showers held off.

Mo Donegal ended up the betting favorite at 5 to 2. We the Folks led for a lot of the race, however Mo Donegal took cost popping out of the ultimate flip.

Wealthy Strike, a shocking Kentucky Derby winner at 80-to-1 odds, was sixth after proprietor Rick Dawson and coach Eric Reed held him out of the Preakness with a watch on Belmont. Wealthy Strike was the primary wholesome Derby winner to skip Pimlico since 1985.

Similar to Wealthy Strike, Mo Donegal was behind the pack on the Derby, however the colt did not have sufficient kick at Churchill Downs. He discovered it Saturday, successful the 154th operating of the $US1.5 million ($A2.12m) race.

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