Photos: Mo Donegal holds off filly Nest to win Belmont Stakes in New York


Mo Donegal and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. beat an eight-horse field without a clear favorite to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Triple Crown veteran Todd Pletcher had simple advice Saturday for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. before the Belmont Stakes.

Mo Donegal pulled away down the home stretch and held off filly Nest to win the Belmont Stakes, giving Pletcher a 1-2 finish and his sixth Triple Crown victory, including four at this track on the outskirts of New York City.

Rich Strike, a stunning Kentucky Derby winner at 80-to-1 odds, was sixth.

Mo Donegal rounded the 1 1/2-mile distance in 2 minutes, 28.28 seconds, three lengths ahead of Nest — ridden by Ortiz’s brother, José. Pletcher, who lives on Long Island, adds another Belmont title following wins with Rags to Riches in 2007, Palace Malice in 2013 and Tapwrit in 2017.

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*** BESTPIX *** ELMONT, NEW YORK – JUNE 11: Mo Donegal with Irad Ortiz, Jr. up wins the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes as Nest with Jose Ortiz up finishes second at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) 
Horses leave the starting gate during the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Mo Donegal (6), with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., won the race. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Horses leave the starting gate during the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Mo Donegal (6), with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., won the race. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) 
ELMONT, NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Spectators wait in the paddock prior to the 39th running of The Jaipur at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NEW YORK – JUNE 11: Spectators wait in the paddock prior to the 39th running of The Jaipur at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) 
Mo Donegal (6), with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., pulls away from Nest (3), with Jose Ortiz, before crossing the finish line to win the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Mo Donegal (6), with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., pulls away from Nest (3), with Jose Ortiz, before crossing the finish line to win the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) 
BELMONT, NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Detail of braids on the outrider's horse prior to the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
BELMONT, NEW YORK – JUNE 11: Detail of braids on the outrider’s horse prior to the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) 
ELMONT, NEW YORK - JUNE 11:  Fans watch the races during the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NEW YORK – JUNE 11: Fans watch the races during the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) 
Mo Donegal (6), with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. up, crosses the finish line to win the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Mo Donegal (6), with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. up, crosses the finish line to win the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) 
BELMONT, NEW YORK - JUNE 11:  Fans watch the races during the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
BELMONT, NEW YORK – JUNE 11: Fans watch the races during the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) 
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. clenches his fist as Mo Donegal (6) is led after winning the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. clenches his fist as Mo Donegal (6) is led after winning the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) 
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. holds the August Belmont Memorial Cup after Mo Donegal won the Belmont Stakes horse race Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. holds the August Belmont Memorial Cup after Mo Donegal won the Belmont Stakes horse race Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) 
Spectators wait in line at a concession stand before the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Spectators wait in line at a concession stand before the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) 
ELMONT, NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Mo Donegal with Irad Ortiz Jr up celebrates in the winner's circle after winning the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NEW YORK – JUNE 11: Mo Donegal with Irad Ortiz Jr up celebrates in the winner’s circle after winning the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) 
Spectator holds on to her hat during the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (AP Photo/Vera Nieuwenhuis)
Spectator holds on to her hat during the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (AP Photo/Vera Nieuwenhuis) 
Spectators watch the starting gate as it is setup for an earlier race before the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Spectators watch the starting gate as it is setup for an earlier race before the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) 

 

 

 



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