ELMONT, N.Y. -- Sir Winston came off the pace to win the 151st Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8, holding off the favored Tacitus.
Without a lane in the stretch, Sir Winston, at 10-1 odds, managed to weave through traffic under jockey Joel Rosario, going from the inside to the outside while passing just in front of War of Will to grab the lead in the 1 1/2-mile race. Rosario won his second career Belmont Stakes.
Trainer Mark Casse not only had Sir Winston fit for the Preakness Stakes, he also was the trainer of War of Will, the Preakness Stakes winner.
Joevia finished in third place, while Tax was in fourth place. War of Will, the second favorite behind the 9-5 Tacitus, finished in ninth place.
As Sir Winston moved off the rail at the start of the stretch, War of Will and Tacitus bumped slightly. But unlike the Kentucky Derby, there was no inquiry for interference. The victory was the third in 10 career starts for Sir Winston.
The race brought to a close one of the most bizarre Triple Crown seasons in history as Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby on May 4 but was disqualified for interference, giving runner-up Country House the victory at 65-1 odds.
The May 18 Preakness Stakes then went to War of Will, who was one of two horses that Maximum was ruled to have interfered with in the Kentucky Derby.
Country House did not run in the Preakness because of a virus, the first time since 1996 the winner in Kentucky did not run in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
War of Will was the only horse to run in all three legs of this year's Triple Crown.