Belmont Stakes 2017 Live Results, Analysis and Highlights From New York

Danny Woods
June 20, 2017

The New York Racing Association said the exam revealed continued inflammation in the Japanese colt's right front hoof. NYRA, New York state and private vets have been and will continue to evaluate and provide care to the horse until his departure. 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. Only one horse had a chance to catch them, but the way Tapwrit was moving meant danger. "I'm happy for the owners and for Todd for giving me the opportunity".

But five other Southern California horses, four of those trained by Baffert, won races on the undercard. "If there's no pace at all, he can lead or he can sit in second position".

"Each of these races individually stands on their own as major, major races and huge wins", Pletcher said. I'm just not sure that's enough to be a factor in a race like this.

All horses running at Belmont Park undergo the same pre-race evaluation to ensure they are fit to compete. 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.

A $1.00 trifecta paid $8,297.20. Following a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Preakness, Always Dreaming skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown.

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Epicharis has not raced since finishing second in the UAE Derby on March 25. He's the early 5-1 third choice on Saturday. Hall of Famer John Velazquez preached his virtues after the race having to start from the outside post as he did in the Kentucky Derby. Stamping himself as a Triple Crown contender after powerfully annexing the GII Tampa Bay Derby Mar. 11, the $1.2 million Fasig-Tipton August buy was a boring fifth in the GII Toyota Blue Grass S. and ran sixth with traffic trouble in the GI Kentucky Derby May 6. "I think that's always an advantage".

Belmont Park's deep, sandy track and sweeping turns can wipe out a tiring horse and benefit a closer able to negotiate the long stretch.

The Belmont Stakes, which takes place on Long Island, New York, Saturday pits three-year-old thoroughbreds over a grueling mile-and-a-half on dirt for perhaps the first time in their lives. Tapwrit's Belmont was Pletcher's third, after Palace Malice won it in 2013 and the filly Rags to Riches outdueled Curlin in 2007 in what remains one of the most goosebump-inducing sporting events I've witnessed live.

"It's wide open", Baffert said. "It will be interesting to see it unfold". He's unsafe here. At 6-1 or 8-1 or whatever his odds will be, I'll take a good look at him. 11, U. Carrot Farm Racing Syndicate. His pedigree suggests that the 1 1/2-mile distance won't be an issue either.

Tapwrit's connections picked up $800,000 in prize money out of the $1.5 million purse.

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