Des Moines-Owned Racehorse Wins Belmont Stakes
An Iowa-owned racehorse has won the Belmont Stakes.
The horse's name is Mo Donegal. The stallion represented Donegal Racing, which was founded in 2008 in Des Moines by Jerry and Linda Crawford. He was a favorite to win the Belmont Stakes at 5-2 odds. The race on Saturday afternoon was a mile and a half race and yielded a field of eight horses. He ran in the middle of the pack for most of the race then a strong push towards the end put him in the lead to finish first.
Mo Donegal was also one of the favorites in the Race for the Roses. Mo Donegal actually finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby.
Mo Donegal is trained by Todd Pletcher and his jockey is Irad Ortiz.
Fun fact: Mo Donegal was bred in Kentucky and got his name because Mo was the name of his sire and Donegal, Ireland is where Jerry's (who is an attorney in Des Moines) ancestors come from.
As for the Kentucky Derby outlier winner, Rich Strike, he had 7-2 odds going into the Belmont Stakes, a far cry from his 80-1 odds before the Kentucky Derby. Early Voting, the Preakness winner this year, didn't race the Belmont Stakes.
The Belmont Stakes mark the end of the Triple Crown series, which also includes the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby. The last horse to bring home the Triple Crown and champion all three races was American Pharoah in 2015.
To learn more about Mo Donegal and Donegal Racing, visit their website.