Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott won his first Triple Crown race on Saturday when Drosselmeyer won the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes at 13-1. It was also the first victory in the Belmont for Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
Mott’s best previous finish in a Triple Crown race had been a second with the longshot Vision and Verse in the 1999 Belmont.
Smith won the Kentucky Derby in 2005 and the Preakness in 1993.
Drosselmeyer now has three wins in nine starts. He is being pointed toward the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 28. He could meet Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Preakness winner Lookin at Lucky in the Spa’s most prestigious race.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott (blue suit) are among the group from WinStar Farm celebrating in the winner’s circle following Drosselmeyer’s victory in the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes.