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Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes

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Nellie Chapman | 20 June, 2017, 02:12

His trainer, Kiyoshi Hagiwara, didn't speak to the media.

He was found to be lame on Wednesday and was treated with anti-inflammatory medication Wednesday and Thursday. He is receiving a treatment for "lameness" in his right front leg and has been fitted with a glue-on shoe. "Obviously the horse comes first, and if there are any problems, they'll re-evaluate". "You very seldomly just get to enjoy a win and not have a target right around the corner". I don't like the late decision to run here but I do respect his trainer.

"He's a nice horse to ride because you can use any tactics", said Christophe Lemaire, his French jockey. "It was everything we talked about in the paddock before the race".

A victory would earn Epicharis a $1 million bonus from NYRA, which worked to lure a horse from Japan.

In winning his third career Belmont Stakes Pletcher captured two of the three jewels of this year's Triple Crown. Patch, the one-eyed horse trained by Pletcher, was another 5 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $6.50 to show. Tapwrit finished sixth at Churchill Downs, a feat that Boston Globe writer Joe Sullivan considers "laudable" considering the traffic problems Tapwrit faced in the Derby.

"I was a lot more disappointed after the Derby, because I know what the horse is capable of, and [he] didn't show it on Derby day", Maragh said.

"It's our home base and I think that's always an advantage", Pletcher said. Going into the Kentucky Derby, he was nearly even with favorite Always Dreaming among bettors but finished a disappointing 10th. He earned $800,000 for his owners, Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta, and with a record of 4-1-0 from eight starts, has earned $1,143,902, nearly as much as his purchase price of $1.2 million at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton yearling sales in Saratoga Springs, New York. He's the first trainer to win the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont with different horses since 1996. He was the second choice in the morning line at 4-1.

It is a tribute similar to the blanket or roses, and black-eyed Susans awarded to the victor of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness respectively.

Gormley was fourth, but Hollywood Handsome had to withdraw following a small laceration on his back left leg. This was the third Belmont attempt for Jose Ortiz, who finished sixth with Samraat in 2014 and last with Forever d'Oro past year.

Santa Anita - with its lovely setting, wonderful weather and wealthy owners, along with the success of trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert - became the industry leader, barely.

"The mile and a half should help him and hopefully we're going to see the best of him", Romans said.

As a result, the runner-up in the UAE Derby was scratched from the Belmont Stakes.

Senior Investment has speed but the one-and-a-half mile distance may be too long for the thoroughbred, who took third in the Preakness last month.