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Arcangelo Makes Jena Antonucci First Female Trainer To Win Triple Crown Race

Captures 155th Edition of Belmont Under Javier Castellano

Arcangelo took the shortest route home to capture the longest leg of the Triple Crown, Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

Under Javier Castellano, Arcangelo, sent off at 7-1 odds, made a move inside the pace-setting National Treasure and drew off to victory in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

ELMONT, NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Arcangelo with Javier Castellano up wins the 155th Running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10, 2023 in Elmont, New York. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Sarah Stier / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The victory was Castellano’s first in 15 Belmont attempts.

Oh, and it made trainer Jena Antonucci the first female trainer to win a Triple Crown race.

Antonucci praised Arcangelo for having “the heart of a champion.”

That could also describe the conditioner who worked, worked, worked to earn her place in horse racing history.

Antonucci’s triumph came 30 years after Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race.

Krone won the 1983 Belmont on Colonial Affair.

In this Belmont, National Treasure, the Preakness winner, set all the fractions.

Castellano sat chilly and kept Arcangelo on the rail. He moved inside National Treasure and drew off under an extended drive.

Arcangelo returned $17.80 to win for a $2 bet. Forte finished second and Tapit Trice was third.

He had been added to the race via a $50,000 supplemental fee.

The prices for the 155th Belmont:

  • 3 Arcangelo J. Castellano126Lbs J. Antonucci 17.80 7.20 4.90
  • 6 ForteI. Ortiz, Jr.126Lbs T. Pletcher 4.303.30
  • 2 Tapit Trice L. Saez126Lbs T. Pletcher  4.10
  • Winning Trainer: Jena Antonucci | Owner: Blue Rose Farm
    Payoffs: $2.0 EXACTA (3-6) Paid: $68.00 , $0.5 TRIFECTA (3-6-2) Paid: $66.62 , $1.0 SUPERFECTA (3-6-2-7) Paid: $292.50 , $1.0 SUPERFECTA (3-6-2-8) Paid: $191.50 , $2.0 PICK 3 (1-8-3) Paid: $85.50 , $1.0 PICK 4 (4,12,16-1-8-3) Paid: $366.50 , $2.0 PICK 6 (6-1,3,6,8-4,12,16-1-8-3) Paid: $43.20 , $2.0 GRAND SLAM (4,10,11,12,16-1,6,9-4,5,8-3) Paid: $51.50 , $2.0 DAILY DOUBLE (8-3) Paid: $71.00

And, sadly, a day that seemed triumphant for horse racing ends with another black eye for the sport.

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