2022 Belmont Stakes winner: Mo Donegal wins as a 5/2 favorite with a big break on the stretch to pull away

Mo Donegal is the winner of the 154th Belmont Stakes in an official time of 2: 28.28. This is Hall of Fame coach Todd Pletcher’s fourth time winning Belmont.

Pletcher’s previous victories at the Belmont Stakes were with Rags to Riches in 2007, Palace Malice in 2013 and Tapwrit in 2017. Saturday was a fantastic day on the racetrack for him, as his second trainee in the race, Next, finished in second place.

“This is my Derby,” owner Mike Repole told NBA Sports after the race. “This has been a dream I’ve had for 40 years. This is the biggest goal I’ve had in my racing life, and I just achieved it, and I ran 1-2.”

Repole, born and raised in New York, was close to winning a little more than a decade ago. He was emotional when he talked about finally achieving his dream.

“In 2011, I finished second with Stay Thirsty,” he said. “I saw the replay 150 times. I no longer want to see that replay.”

The odds were in Mo Donegal’s favor, as historically the betting favorite had won the Belmont Stakes more than 42% of the time. He entered the race as a top choice with 5/2 odds and also had a solid CV in New York, as all three previous victories had taken place there.

He also had a good teammate in Irad Ortiz. The 29-year-old Puerto Rican jockey has a solid reputation in the Empire State and won the Belmont Stakes in 2016 with Creator. Ortiz is a three-time Eclipse Award winner, and received the honor for three consecutive years from 2018 to 2020. The success runs in the family when his brother, Jose Ortiz, won this year’s Preakness Stakes with early voting, which did not compete this weekend.

No horses this year participated in all three stages of the Triple Crown. Mo Donegal finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby, but had a much better performance on Saturday. He was in the middle of the herd for a good part of the race, when We the People – the favorite when the odds on the morning line dropped – took an early lead. Skippylongstocking was in second position and tried to take over, but Mo Donegal came up from fifth place and began to overtake the competitors with a strong push towards the end.

“I’ll always be Mike from Queens,” Repole said. “This is New York’s biggest race, and to win it here, with family, friends, I’m kind of overwhelmed.”

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike became number six. This is the first time ever that three different horses have won the Triple Crown races in four years in a row.

Belmont Stakes results, payouts

6 – Mo Donegal WIN: $ 7.20 PLACE: $ 3.80 PERFORMANCE: $ 3.00
3 – Nest PLACE: $ 5.30 PERFORMANCE: $ 4.10
2 – Skippy long sock PERFORMANCE: $ 5.60

$ 2.00 Exacta 6-3 $ 27.60
$ 1.00 Trifecta 6-3-2 $ 187.50
$ 1.00 Superfecta 6-3-2-1 $ 692.00

Belmont Stakes order on finish

  1. Mo Donegal
  2. Rede
  3. Skippylongstockin
  4. We are the people
  5. Creative Minister
  6. Rich Strike
  7. Barberveien
  8. Golden Glider