TAPWRIT, a grey colt by champion stallion Tapit, won the 149th running of the Gr1 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, defeating favourite Irish War Cry in the 2400m race’s final stretch in Belmont Park, New York.

“It’s a feeling I can’t explain, I’m very happy right now,” jockey Jose Ortiz said after winning the race, adding that the horse’s owners “always had a lot of faith in him.”

The victory gave trainer Todd Pletcher his third Belmont Stakes win.

Tapwrit (5-1) was followed by Irish War Cry, who led the field for the majority of the race. Patch, the one-eyed horse, finished in third while Gormley finished fourth. 

Irish War Cry’s trainer Graham Motion entered the race after his colt’s disappointing 10th-place finish in last month’s Kentucky Derby.

“When you get beaten as one of the favourites in the Derby, it’s pretty discouraging and you just want to put it behind you,” Motion told The Associated Press ahead the event. “My horse is doing well. As long as he’s doing well, he deserved a chance.”

The field was down to 11 horses after Japanese colt Epicharis injured his front right hoof ahead of the event.

There was no chance for a Triple Crown this year — as Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming lost at the Preakness Stakes.