Brad Cox-trained Essential Quality wins Belmont Stakes

AP Sports

Essential Quality trains ahead of the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race in Elmont, N.Y., Thursday, June 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) – Favorite Essential Quality has won the Belmont Stakes to give trainer Brad Cox his first win of a Triple Crown race. He could get another from the Kentucky Derby if Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit is disqualified.

Essential Quality passed early leader Hot Rod Charlie around the final turn and held on to win the 1 1/2-mile $1 million race.

Hot Rod Charlie was second, Preakness winner Rombauer third and Known Agenda fourth. The race was run without any horses from Baffert.

New York suspended Baffert indefinitely after Medina Spirit failed a post-Derby drug test.

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6/5/2021 7:18:32 PM (GMT -4:00)

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