Racing - Ortiz brothers in arms as Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes

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Jose Ortiz celebrates after winning the 149th Belmont Stakes on Tapwrit (AFP Photo/Mike Stobe)

Racing - Ortiz brothers in arms as Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes

Jose Ortiz celebrates after winning the 149th Belmont Stakes on Tapwrit (AFP Photo/Mike Stobe)

- Puerto Rican jockey Jose Ortiz guided Tapwrit to victory in the 149th Belmont Stakes here Saturday -- a year after his elder brother triumphed in the prestigious US racing showpiece. Tapwrit, a 5-1 shot for the New York event which is the third leg of American racing's Triple Crown, stunned favorite Irish War Cry in the final stretch. The horse trained by Todd Pletcher produced a perfectly timed late charge to surge clear and take the line honors and the $800,000 first prize. Ortiz's victory came 12 months after Irad Ortiz Jr won the one-and-a-half mile classic on Creator. "It's unbelievable," Jose Ortiz said afterwards. "I can't explain, I'm very happy right now, very happy for the owners who gave me the ride."


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