Very important High quality wins 2021 Belmont Stakes

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Very important High quality has gained the 2021 Belmont Stakes, completing off this yr’s Triple Crown races. Very important High quality got here into the race as the favourite at 9-5 odds whilst Rombauer, the Preakness Stakes winner, used to be given 6-1 odds simply previous to submit time.

The Belmont Stakes resumed its standard position as the general leg of the Triple Crown this yr after it used to be held as the primary of the 3 races in 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic led to the order to switch. The race at Belmont Park additionally returned to its standard period of one.5 miles after being shortened to at least one.125 miles remaining yr. Attendance for this yr’s race had first of all been capped at 11,000 spectators to conform to New York coronavirus restrictions that prohibit venue capability to 33%, then again, the ones restrictions have since been at ease. 

Luis Saez celebrates atop Very important High quality after successful the 153rd operating of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 05, 2021 in Elmont, New York.

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There used to be no likelihood of a Triple Crown winner this yr after Medina Spirit didn’t win the Preakness Stakes. Medina Spirit’s Kentucky Derby win may be in jeopardy after the pony failed two post-race drug exams. Must Medina Spirit’s win be vacated, runner-up Mandaloun would turn out to be the winner. Mandaloun didn’t compete within the Preakness Stakes.

In a while after the Preakness Stakes, the New York Racing Affiliation introduced that Medina Spirit teacher Bob Baffert used to be briefly suspended, fighting him from getting into any horses within the 2021 Belmont Stakes. He has since been banned by way of Churchill Downs, the racetrack the place the Kentucky Derby is administered, for 2 years.

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