Horse Racing

Tapwrit wins the Belmont Stakes, Songbird impresses and Baffert has a huge day

Tapwrit wins the Belmont Stakes, Songbird impresses and Baffert has a huge day

Some of the West Coast’s finest thoroughbreds ventured East for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on Saturday, and they made themselves very much at home at Belmont Park.

Songbird enjoyed a triumphant 4-year-old debut under a hand ride from Mike Smith in the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes, and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert delivered with favorites in all four stakes races he entered with Smith aboard each time.

If there was a bittersweet element to the afternoon for West Coast fans, it involved Gormley’s fourth-place finish behind victorious Tapwrit in the Belmont Stakes. Gormley, the Santa Anita Derby winner, was well positioned throughout for jockey Victor Espinoza...

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