Tapwrit Wins the Belmont Because What the Hell, Why Not?
Being the Triple Crown's third jewel is a boom-or-bust proposition.
The race was more notable for who wasn't in it.
Tapwrit decided to show up.
Bought as a yearling for $1.2million, he went off at 20:1 and became an also-ran in the Kentucky Derby. He'd never won a race outside of Florida. It was his triumph in the Tampa Bay Derby that put him in the Triple Crown field, but that's about all that was expected of him.
The $800,000 payout for the 1½-mile outing wasn't bad for a day's trot.
Tapwrit also endeared himself to the punters:
|Irish War Cry ...||$4.70||$3.90|
As to the funky stuff:
|$2 Exacta ...||$ 45.20|
|$3 Trifecta ...||$ 312.00|
|$1 Superfecta w Gormley ...||$2243.00|
Even in the Big Apple.