“It’s very special, honestly,” Ortiz said after the race. “We (were) very positive.”
Racing in front of more than 46,000 people at the one-and-a-half mile track, Mo Donegal was a 5-2 favorite entering the race.
The horse raced around the track in 2 minutes and 28.28 seconds, comfortably beating out Nest, who finished in second and Skippylongstocking who finished in third.
With the victory, Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher claimed his fourth Belmont Stakes victory.
After receiving the trophy from New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, Jerry Crawford, the founder of Donegal Racing, said Saturday’s victory “shows the sport is more accessible to folks than they may realize.”
“You don’t have to spend millions and millions on horses,” Crawford added.