At the closing of the Triple Crown, brothers make it 1-2

NEW YORK.

ANDhe Puerto Rican jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won on Saturday with the horse Mo Donegal in the 154th edition of the Belmont Stakes race, the last stop of the Triple Crown of the American horse racing, while his brother José Ortiz was second with Nest.

Manuel Manny Ortiz completed a podium finish for Puerto Rican jockeys at Belmont Park Racecourse in Elmont, just outside New York, finishing third with Skippylongstocking.

Irad Ortiz Jr., 29, had already scored a win in this race in 2016 riding Creator. In the following edition it was his brother José de él, a year younger, who celebrated the victory with Tapwrit.

On this occasion, José Ortiz came with the drive to win on May 21 in the Preakness Stakes, the second round of the Triple Crown, with another horse, Early Voting.

The inaugural race of the Triple Crown is the emblematic Kentucky Derby, which this year experienced one of the biggest surprises in its history with the victory of Rich Strike by Venezuelan jockey Sonny León.

This Saturday, Rich Strike was soon trapped in the back of the pack and couldn’t make his way to the top, finishing in sixth place.

Mo Donegal achieved victory thanks to a fast-paced overtake by We The People, who led the race from the start, around the outside in the last corner of this mile and a half (2.4 km) track.

Nest, who had stumbled at the start, pulled himself together and went on to launch one last attack down the stretch on Mo Donegal, who held on in the lead to reach the solo finish in 2min 28.28sec.

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