2022 Belmont Stakes Winner: Mo Donegal wins as a 5/2 favourite with an enormous burst on the stretch to drag away

Mo Donegal is the winner of the 154th Belmont Stakes in an official time of 2:28.28. This is the fourth time Hall of Fame coach Todd Pletcher has won the Belmont.

Pletcher’s previous Belmont Stakes wins include 2007’s Rags to Riches, 2013’s Palace Malice, and 2017’s Tapwrit. Nest, took second place.

“This is my derby,” owner Mike Repole told NBA Sports after the race. “It’s a dream I’ve had for 40 years. That’s the biggest goal I’ve ever had in my racing life and I just achieved it, going 1-2.”

Repole, born and raised in New York, almost won just over a decade ago. He was emotional when he spoke about finally achieving his dream.

“In 2011, I came second with Stay Thirsty,” he said. “I watched the replay 150 times. I will not watch this rerun again.”

The odds were in Mo Donegal’s favor as the betting favorite had historically won the Belmont Stakes more than 42% of the time. He started as the top pick at odds of 5/2 and also had a solid record in New York, having had all three of his previous wins there.

He also had a good teammate in Irad Ortiz. The 29-year-old Puerto Rican jockey has a solid reputation in the Empire State, having won the 2016 Belmont Stakes with Creator. Ortiz is a three-time Eclipse Award winner, receiving the honor for three consecutive years from 2018-2020. Success runs in the family as his brother Jose Ortiz won this year’s Preakness Stakes with early voting, who did not compete this weekend.

No horse competed in all three stages of the Triple Crown that year. Mo Donegal finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby but had a significantly better performance on Saturday. He was in the middle of the pack for a good part of the race as We the People – the favorite as the morning line odds dropped – took an early lead. Skippylongstocking was in second place trying to take over but Mo Donegal came up from fifth place and began to overtake his rivals with a strong push towards the end.

“I’ll always be Mike from Queens,” Repole said. “This is New York’s biggest race and to win it here, with family and friends, I’m kind of blown away.”

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike finished sixth. This is the first time ever that three different horses have won the Triple Crown races in four consecutive years.

Belmont Stakes Results, Payouts

6 – Mon Donegal TO WIN: $7.20 SPACE: $3.80 SHOW: $3.00
3 – nest SPACE: $5.30 SHOW: $4.10
2 – Hopper Longstocking SHOW: $5.60

$2.00 Exact 6-3 $27.60
$1.00 Trifecta 6-3-2 $187.50
$1.00 Superfecta 6-3-2-1 $692.00

Belmont Stakes finish order

  1. Mon Donegal
  2. nest
  3. Skippylongstockin
  4. We the people
  5. creative minister
  6. Rich punch
  7. barber street
  8. Golden Glider

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