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Tapwrit Pays Out on Belmont Stakes Odds

Irish War Cry entered Saturday’s Belmont Stakes in New York as the betting favorite, but it was Tapwrit that ended up paying off for supporters as Triple Crown season came to a close.

Irish War Cry was pegged as the +350 favorite on the odds to win the Belmont Stakes heading into the race late on Saturday afternoon, a status the horse had enjoyed since Classic Empire was scratched from the field mid-week with a foot injury. Another top contender, Epicharis, was also scratched early on Saturday after being treated for lameness. Epicharis had entered Saturday listed as the second-favorite on the Belmont Stakes odds.

Heading into race day it had been Lookin at Lee (+550), Senior Investment (+650), and Tapwrit (+750) rounding out the top five on the Belmont Stakes odds. As the start of the race approached, and with Epicharis out of the field, Lookin and Lee and Tapwrit had moved to co-second-favorites behind Irish Way Cry at +500, with Senior Investment having fallen to +750.

Irish War Cry then got out to the lead in the race but couldn’t hold on, getting overtaken by Tapwrit down the stretch to lose by two lengths. Patch edged Gormley for third place on the day; Patch had been at +1400 on the Belmont Stakes odds, while Gormley was set at +900.

Senior Investment, Twisted Tom, Lookin at Lee, Meantime, J Boys Echo, and Multiplier rounded out the finishers at Belmont, while Hollywood Handsome didn’t complete the race. Twisted Tom had been set at +1200, with Meantime at +1400, J Boys Echo at +900, and Multiplier at +1200, while Hollywood Handsome had been the longshot for Saturday at +3300.


Tapwrit Improves on Kentucky Derby Finish

Tapwrit had also raced in the Kentucky Derby, finishing sixth in that race. Irish War Cry was 10th at the Kentucky Derby, and both he and Tapwrit skipped the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. The only horse to compete in all three Triple Crown races was Lookin at Lee, who was second at Churchill Downs and fourth at Pimlico before finishing in seventh in the Belmont.

Patch was 14th at the Kentucky Derby, while Gormley was ninth; both of those horses skipped the Preakness Stakes as well. Senior Investment had finished in third place at the Preakness.

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