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Mo Donegal wins the 2022 Belmont Stakes; Rich Strike finishes sixth

Mo Donegal, with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. on board, crosses the finish line to win the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes.

The so-called “Riders Up” has been given. “New York, New York” has been sung. And the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes is now in the books.

Mo Donegal won the 2022 Belmont Stakes, the oldest and longest Triple Crown race, in front of an estimated 46,000 people on a cloudy 73-degree Saturday in Elmont, New York. Mo Donegal entered the eight-horse field as the favorite at odds of 5-2, followed by We the People (4-1) and Rich Strike (4-1).

The closer recovered as the field turned and took over down the stretch, scoring an impressive win over the filly Nest as trainer Todd Pletcher swept the top two spots. Colt Uncle Mo, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., was able to quickly jump to the front and win by three lengths, covering the 1½-mile distance in 2:28.28.

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