Mo Donegal had a difficult start, but never was in doubt during the final stretch of the 2022 Belmont Stakes, winning by three lengths in a time of 2:28:28.
The 12 furlongs of the Test of a Champion favored the strongest horse in the field, and despite a poor trip a horse that struggled in the Kentucky Derby had zero issues at all in the smaller field at Belmont Park.
For Ralph Durante and John Buckley of the Donegal Racing Syndicate, it was a huge win in their home of New York. Their other entry in the race Nest took finished second, giving the barn an exacta all to themselves in the Big Apple.
While the pace wasn’t the best, the strength of a horse that will be a favorite at the Breeders Cup later this year shows he can compete with the best in the world. And with three different Triple Crown winners, expect plenty more exciting racing in 2022 at the stakes levels for several years to come.
Final track payouts for the 154th Belmont Stakes
Win: No. 6 Mo Donegal
$7.20 $3.80 $3.00
$2 Exacta: $13.80
$1 Tri: $187.50
$1 Super: $692.00
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