Belmont Stakes 2019: Watch Sir Winston win

Belmont Stakes 2019: Watch Sir Winston win

To conclude a Triple Crown season that has been full of drama and surprises, Sir Winston picked up the final jewel when he won Saturday's $1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) at Belmont Park.

"But I'm very proud of him because he's kind of what our operation represents, and that is I feel like we develop horses", trainer Mark Casse said.

Tacitus, the 2-1 favorite going into the race, finished second.

Fellow long-shot Joevia exploded out of the gate from the No. 1 position for an early lead and held first place into the final stretch before War of Will, a noted victim of the 2019 Kentucky Derby's controversially penalized interference by disqualified champion Maximum Security, made up ground. The horse covered the 1 1/2 mile course in 2 minutes 28.3 seconds. But Tacitus appeared to have to work a lot harder and run a lot wider than Sir Winston to reach the stretch, and the colt's late run couldn't catch the victor. "He looked like maybe he was a little flat today". Rosario won his second career Belmont Stakes.

The May 18 Preakness Stakes then went to War of Will, who was one of two horses that Maximum was ruled to have interfered with in the Kentucky Derby.

Indeed, this year's Triple Crown was mired in controversy from the start. The remaining order of finish was Spinoff, Everfast, Intrepid Heart, War of Will, Bourbon War.

Sir Winston returned $22.40 to win, $8.80 to place, and $6.10 to show. Joevia hung on for third, paying $8.70.

The win at Belmont Park capped a remarkable month for trainer Mark Casse, who had waited more than 30 years for his first win in a Triple Crown race before War of Will powered to victory in the Preakness last month. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first and become the first apparent victor to be disqualified, taken down for interfering with War of Will in the stretch.

Country House, a 65-1 underdog in the Derby, did not race on Saturday due to a virus.

War of Will came back two weeks later to win the Preakness, but his impressive performance was overshadowed when a rival threw his jockey and ran around the track as the race continued.

There were three major races on the Belmont undercard.

Guarana, also trained by Brown, beat Kentucky Oaks victor Serengeti Empress by six lengths in the $700,000 Acorn for 3-year-old fillies.

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