N.J-bred Irish War Cry second in the Belmont, Mor Spirit wins $1.2 million Metropolitan
- June 19, 2017
- By SARA CAVANAGH
At the top of the stretch, it looked like Irish War Cry was going to win the $1.5 million G1 Belmont Stakes, but Belmont's long stretch and the mile and a half journey began to take its toll, and Tapwit caught and passed Irish War Cry to go on to win by 2 lengths, with Patch, a son of Union Rags, third, 5 3/4 lengths back.
Pa-bred Mor Spirit, bred by the Elkstone Group, LLC, owned by Michael Lund Peterson and trained by Bob Baffert, won the $1.2 million Metropolitan Stakes for 3 year olds and up at 1 mile on the June 10 stakes filled afternoon, and ran Baffert's incredible skein of victories to four, with a combined worth of $2.55 million.
Tapwit is owned by Bridgewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert V. LaPenta, and trained by Todd Pletcher, and he is by Tapit out of Appealing Zophie, by Successful Appeal.
N.J.-bred Irish War Cry, trained by Graham Motion at the Fair Hill Training Center in Fair Hill, Md., was bred and is owned by Isabelle de Tomaso, a member of the prominent New Jersey Haskell family and a daughter of Amory Haskell.
Most members of the Haskell family were at Belmont for the race, but Bambi Glaccum, a niece of de Tomaso, had to be at Plantation Field where she serves as secretary of the events held there.
"We watched it live streaming from the secretary's stand," said Glaccum. "I began at nine a.m. to make sure we could get it on the computer. Luckily the event was over by the time of the Belmont. It was quite exciting."