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Belmont Stakes 2022 results: Mo Donegal takes a late step to defeat favorite We the People


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Mo Donegal won the 154th edition of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday night, defeating Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike and closing the third and final leg of the Triple Crown season.

We the People, whose ownership group includes celebrity chef Bobby Flay, was the favorite heading into the notoriously long race which tests competitors’ speed and endurance on the mile-and-a-half-long track, which is became known as the “test of a champion”. After holding the lead for most of the race, Skippylongstocking and Mo Donegal began to close in on We the People’s lead.

Mo Donegal (6), with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., crosses the finish line to win the 154th annual Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mo Donegal lapped the track in 2 minutes 28.28 seconds, ahead of Nest and Skippylongstocking, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his sixth victory in the Triple Crown race.

Rich Strike had a slim chance of winning the Belmont Stakes, even after skipping Preakness to rest. Had he won, Rich Strike would have been the first horse since 1995 to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont, but not the Preakness. His unofficial finish was sixth place.

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early voting, the winner of the 2022 Preakness Stakesdid not participate in the eight-horse race.

Owner Seth Klarman and trainer Chad Brown announced last month that they would skip the Belmont in hopes of competing in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York on August 27.

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Saturday marks the fourth year in a row that three different horses have won all three Triple Crown races. The last time this happened in four consecutive years was from 1926 to 1929.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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