Tiz the Law has made history as the winner of the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes.
In the first year the Belmont Stakes has ever been the first leg of the Triple Crown, Tiz the Law – the overwhelming favorite – took home the victory by four lengths.
Finishing with a final time of 1:46.53, this is the first time a New York bred horse has won the event since 1882. This was also 25-year-old jockey Manny Franco’s first career win in a triple crown race.
Here was the historic victory:
A spectacular finish to give Tiz The Law the first jewel of this year's historic Triple Crown ?
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Tiz the Law, who closed as a 4/5 favorite, finished on top, followed by Dr Post (7-1) and Max Player (14-1).
Typically the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes officially jumped ahead of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes following numerous schedule changes due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Usually filled with nearly 100,000 spectators, this race had just 100 people in the venue, with jockeys, media, and park staff being the only individuals allowed in. Masks were mandatory for all spectators, including the jockeys, who sported face coverings.
With leg one officially complete, the Kentucky Derby – scheduled for September 5 – is now 77 days away, followed by the Preakness Stakes scheduled for October 3 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.