06/07/2017 4:10PM

King: 2017 Belmont Stakes analysis

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IRISH WAR CRY seemed to be moving well for most of the Kentucky Derby, right in contention until the top of the stretch, and then jockey Rajiv Maragh went from having plenty of horse to suddenly none, and the colt faded to 10th, beaten 16 lengths. After that race, trainer Graham Motion seemed inclined to skip the rest of the Triple Crown. But after being encouraged by the colt’s training, he changed course and opted for the Belmont.

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