There was no surprise winner like in the Kentucky Derby this year at the Belmont Stakes. Favorite horse Mo Donegal won on Saturday in Elmont, New York.
The last stage of the most prestigious series of horse races, named Triple Crown, ended without much surprise. Mo Donegal, whose odds of winning were set at 7 to 2, completed the course of approximately 2.4 kilometers in 2:28.28. Its owner got his hands on a pot of $ 1.5 million.
Trainer Todd Pletcher also scored a double, while his horse Nest took second place. Skippylongstocking completed the top 3.
Until the last moments before the start of the race, the horse We The People had been named as the favorite by the bookmakers, but the good weather reduced his chances of triumph to 7 against 2. He led the majority of the race, but was overtaken on the last corner.
Surprise winner in Kentucky, Rich Strike, was unable to repeat his exploits even though he did not participate in the Preakness - the second event of the Triple Crown - to rest. He finished sixth on Saturday.