The horse was the early betting favourite to win the 1.5-mile race and completed forward of Hot Rod Charlie and the 146th Preakness Stakes winner Rombauer, who completed in second and third place, respectively.
Hot Rod Charlie was the early chief however Essential Quality handed him within the last flip and held on down the stretch to win. The win gave coach Brad Cox his first Triple Crown victory.
A restricted crowd of 11,000 have been allowed to attend the “Test of the Champion” with proof of vaccination or a unfavorable Covid-19 check required for entry.
This Belmont Stakes was a return to normalcy after final yr, when for the primary time in historical past, the race was the primary leg of the Triple Crown after the Covid-19 pandemic upended the schedule. The race is generally the third and last leg of the Triple Crown.