2022 Belmont Stakes winner: Mo Donegal wins as 5/2 favorite with huge flurry on the stretch to walk away

2022 Belmont Stakes winner: Mo Donegal wins as 5/2 favorite with huge flurry on the stretch to walk away

Mo Donegal is the 154th Belmont Stakes winner with 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 were with Rags to Riches in 2007, Palace Malice in 2013 and Tapwrit in 2017. Saturday was a terrific day at the racetrack for him, like his other trainee in the race, Nest, finished in second place.

“It’s my Derby,” owner Mike Repole told NBA Sports after the race. “It’s a dream I’ve had for 40 years. It’s the biggest goal I had in my life as a driver, and I just accomplished it, and I ran 1-2.”

Repole, born and raised in New York, came close to winning just over a decade ago. He was moved as he spoke of finally having achieved his dream.

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

The odds were in Mo Donegal’s favor as historically the betting favorite had won the Belmont Stakes more than 42% of the time. He entered the race as the No. 1 pick at odds of 5/2 and also had a strong resume in New York, as all three of his previous wins had occurred 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 and won the Belmont Stakes in 2016 with Creator. Ortiz is a three-time Eclipse Prize winner, receiving the honor three consecutive years from 2018 to 2020. Success runs in the family as his brother, Jose Ortiz, won this year’s Preakness Stakes with early voting, which did not not participated this weekend.

No horse took part in the three stages of the Triple Crown this year. Mo Donegal finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby but had a much better showing on Saturday. He was in the middle of the pack for much of the race, as We the People – the favorite when the morning line odds plummeted – took an early lead. Skippylongstocking was in second and trying to take over but Mo Donegal came out of fifth and started to overtake his competitors with a strong push towards the end.

“I will always be Mike from Queens,” Repole said. “It’s the biggest race in New York, and to win it here, with my family, my friends, I’m a bit overwhelmed.”

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

Belmont Stakes results, payouts

6 – Mo Donegal TO WIN: $7.20 SQUARE: $3.80 TO DISPLAY: $3.00
3 – Nest SQUARE: $5.30 TO DISPLAY: $4.10
2 – Skippy Longstocking TO DISPLAY: $5.60

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

Belmont Stakes finishing order

  1. Mo Donegal
  2. Nest
  3. skippylongstockin
  4. We the people
  5. Minister of Creation
  6. Rich Strike
  7. barber’s road
  8. Golden Glider

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