Sir Winston Wins Belmont Stakes

Sir Winston has won the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes as favorite War of Will finishes ninth.

Both of the chestnut’s career wins were on Woodbine’s synthetic track, with his last victory in the Display Stakes on Dec. 8.

In the first two lengths, horses Tax and Joevia contested for the lead.

Tax, 14th in the Kentucky Derby, was second to Tacitus in the Wood Memorial. The gelding was fitted with glue-on shoes after his work on June 1. Irad Ortiz, Jr., who piloted Creator to his Belmont Stakes win, will be in the saddle.

Longshot Joevia was winner of the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park last out.

After enduring inside trips from the rail in the first two legs of the Triple Crown series, Preakness winner War of Will came into the race as the favorite but never held the lead, finishing ninth.


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