, Essential Quality wins 153rd Belmont Stakes, Nzuchi Times

Essential Quality wins 153rd Belmont Stakes

, Essential Quality wins 153rd Belmont Stakes, Nzuchi Times

Essential Quality lived up to his favorite’s status Saturday, powering past frontrunner Hot Rod Charlie and hanging on through the stretch to win the 153rd Belmont Stakes.

– Clean break was key – Essential Quality made his move at the top of the stretch, edging ahead of the battling Hot Rod Charlie — trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by French jockey Flavien Prat — and hanging on to hit the wire first.

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