Horse Racing

ELMONT, N.Y. — There was a morning in late March at the Palm Beach Downs training center in South Florida when Jose Ortiz worked Tapwrit in preparation for the Blue Grass Stakes. His enthusiasm level was high. “This might be my Derby horse,” Ortiz said at the time. Well, things didn’t quite click in the
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NEW YORK — The road to the winner’s circle in the Belmont Stakes ran through the Kentucky Derby, even if the Derby and Preakness winners skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown. Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third
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