2010 Belmont Stakes (G1) - Drosselmeyer

Drosselmeyer grabbed the lead in the middle of the stretch and went onto a three-quarter-length victory over a fast-closing Fly Down on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to take the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes in a 13-1 upset. The win gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith their first victories in the 1½-mile "Test of the Champion," while owner WinStar Farm now owns two Triple Crown wins this year, having taken the Kentucky Derby in May with Super Saver. The victory gave Mott, best-known for campaigning two-time Horse of the Year Cigar, his first win in a Triple Crown race. "Miracles never cease to happen," said a jubilant Mott, who had sent out just four previous Belmont starters, the last of which was second-place Vision and Verse in 1999. "It feels great, just great. It was a pretty good feeling watching him come down the stretch. I thought going wide was going to cost him, but he kind of found another gear." Smith, aboard Drosselmeyer for the first time after replacing Kent Desormeaux on the son of Distorted Humor, ended an 0-for-12 streak in the Belmont that began with a second-place finish aboard the Nick Zito-trained Thirty Six Red in the 1990 Belmont.

 

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