- Mo Dongegal won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday as the 5-2 odds on favorite to win the race.
- We the People started from the rail position but finished third with his 7-2 odds.
- Rich Strike, who won the Kentucky Derby as an 80-1 longshot, finished in 6th place.
There was no betting upset in the third leg of the U.S horseracing triple crown on Saturday.
Mo Donegal, who was the 5-2 betting favorite to win the Belmont Stakes, turned on the jets and won the 154th edition of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
The Favorite Wins Belmont Stakes
The favorite wins it! ✅
— NBC Sports EDGE Betting (@NBCSportsBet) June 11, 2022
Mo Donegal was the +230 odds on favorite prior to Tuesday’s draw. But after We The People drew the rail position, both horses shared the top billing at +250 odds at the best horse racing betting sites. Later during the week, We the People – a noted outstanding runner in mud, became the 2-1 solo favorite when the weather forecasts predicted rain. But he dropped to 7-2 by race time when rain showers held off. Meanwhile, Mo Donegal entered the gate as the 5-2 betting favorite.
The son of Uncle Mo was coming off a 5th place finish at the Kentucky Derby but was never off the board in his first five starts before that. Mo Donegal beat Preakness winner Early Voting in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial Stakes last April. He also defeated Kentucky Derby 3rd placer Zandon in the Grade 2 Ramsen Stakes in 2021. On Saturday, Mo Donegal delivered his best win to date.
We the People led for the most part of the race but it was Mo Donegal who took charge of the race coming out of the final turn. He pulled away down the home stretch to hold off filly and stable mate Nest, to give trainer Todd Pletcher a 1-2 finish and his sixth Triple Crown win and his 4th at the New York track after Rags to Riches (2007), Palace Malice (2013), and Tapwrit (2017).
2022 Triple Crown Winners
2022 Triple Crown Race Winners 🏆
🐎 Kentucky Derby: Rich Strike (+8000)
🐎 Preakness Stakes: Early Voting (+500)
🐎 Belmont Stakes: Mo Donegal (+250) pic.twitter.com/hw92f3oaPA
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) June 11, 2022
And so the 2022 U.S. horseracing Triple Crown season ended with a third different winner. However, unlike the first two legs of the Triple Crown, there was no betting upset in New York. It can be recalled that Rich Strike shocked the world when the late entrant won the Kentucky Derby at 80-1 odds in one of the biggest upsets in U.S. horseracing history.
Then Rich Strike decided to sit out the Preakness to prepare for the Belmont Stakes. That made Epicenter the 6-5 favorite in the 9-horse field for the second leg of the Triple Crown. That race was won by Early Voting, who was one of the favorites but not the odds-on-favorite at 7-2 odds. On Saturday, it was the betting favorite who won.
Mo Donegal paid $7.20, $3.80, and $3. Meanwhile, Nest paid $5.30 and $4.10. Skippylongstocking finished third and returned $5.60 to show. We the People meanwhile, finished 4th while Rich Strike crossed the finish line in 6th place. This marks the 4th consecutive year where the U.S. Triple Crown had three different winners, marking the first time that has happened since 1926-1929.