Sir Winston won the 151st Belmont Stakes on Saturday evening, holding off a late charge from Tacitus to win the final leg of the 2019 Triple Crown.
Sir Winston, who entered the race with 10-1 odds and was trained by Mark Casse, won the race with an unofficial time of 2 minutes, 28.30 seconds. It was Casse's first win at Belmont, and the second career win at the race for jockey Joel Rosario.
Tacitus, the morning-line favorite, finished second. Joevia, who led for much of the race, came in third.
Saturday's race capped a memorable Triple Crown, even though the winner of this year's Kentucky Derby, Country House, did not compete in the subsequent two legs due to an illness.
In the stretch, Sir Winston makes some MOVES to win the final jewel of the #TripleCrown! pic.twitter.com/nYoDaBjFab
Country House was controversially declared the Derby winner after Maximum Security, who crossed the finish line first, was disqualified after an interference objection.
Then, in the Preakness, there was another bizarre scene: Bodexpress ran the entire race without a jockey after the horse threw John Velazquez off his back moments after the gates opened.
Jockey Joel Rosario celebrates atop Sir Winston after winning the 151st Belmont Stakes. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, AP)
"Sometimes when these weird things happen, it can actually stimulate interest from the public in the sport," NBC horse racing analyst Randy Moss told The Associated Press.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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