Sir Winston finishes first at Belmont Stakes

2019 Belmont Stakes results: Sir Winston wins at Belmont; favorite Tacitus finishes second

Sir Winston finishes first at Belmont Stakes

Trying to pick between those two is hard, and in terms of wagers like the Pick 4, I suspect they'll be the only horses I play.

Sir Winston gave the Triple Crown another unexpected turn, rallying to capture the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in a 10-1 upset.

But when the field hit the homestretch, Sir Winston moved out several paths, in front of Preakness Stakes victor War of Will, then romped to a one-length win.

Fans of thoroughbred racing will get a little more of the sport out of the Belmont Stakes than they did from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes - at least, in viewing time. It sparked interest in thoroughbred racing despite no possibility of the third Triple Crown victor in five years, coming on the heels of Justify last year and American Pharoah in 2015. But unlike the Kentucky Derby, there was no inquiry for interference. War of Will won the Preakness.

The second-place finish denied trainer Bill Mott two-thirds of the Triple Crown. But it didn't matter much for the prominent trainer, who had zero Triple Crown wins to his name just one month ago, because of how well Sir Winston finished Belmont Park's 1.5-mile track, the longest of the three Triple Crown races. With a fourth Belmont win, Tapit-who also will be represented by Bourbon War and Intrepid Heart Saturday-will tie Lexington for the most by a sire.

He said Sir Winston's win was a "dream come true".

After the fracas that broke out at the end of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, some wondered if the same chaos would strike the Belmont Stakes.

The Belmont was a jockey's race and Rosario was the right rider on a horse full of run. But no one finished stronger than Sir Winston, who was guided by jockey Joel Rosario to win the 151st Belmont. Celebrating the pursuit of American excellence, NBC Sports is the exclusive home to all three races of the Triple Crown.

The Preakness was was further marred by controversy when Bodexpress bucked his jockey out of the gate, and then continued the race with the rest of the field. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first and become the first apparent victor to be disqualified, taken down for interfering with War of Will in the stretch.

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