From Union Rags to Riches

From Union Rags to Riches

Velasquez rides the rail to Belmont victory
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John Velasquez hugged the rail on Union Rags to nose Mike Smith and Paynter and win the 144th Belmont Stakes – the third and final leg of the Triple Crown – on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.
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“I have to give it to the horse. He did it all for me. He just worked so unbelievable, and I was just hoping he could put that work into (Saturday’s) race, and he did,” jockey John Velazquez said. “I was very proud of him.”
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Paynter slid off the rail enough to let Union Rags through in the final 16th of a mile, and then it was a charge to the finish line, leaving Mike Smith looking up at the winner, John Velasquez. “I dropped the ball. My fault,” Smith said.
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