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2021 Belmont Stakes results: Essential Quality wins race

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.

Jockey Luis Saez  reacts after winning the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes atop Essential Quality on Saturday, June 5.
This yr’s race didn’t embody Medina Spirit, the Kentucky Derby winner, after the horse failed a post-Derby drug check. In May, the New York Racing Association temporarily suspended Medina Spirit’s coach Bob Baffert from getting into any horses in races on the observe that’s host to the Belmont Stakes.
Baffert has been suspended from the home of the Kentucky Derby for 2 years after Medina Spirit’s optimistic post-race drug was confirmed, the corporate that runs the Louisville racetrack mentioned Wednesday.

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.

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