Jena Antonucci became the first female trainer to win a Triple Crown race when her colt Arcangelo won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, ending that tumultuous Triple Crown season.
Jockey Javier Castellano, who won the Kentucky Derby aboard Mage, deftly guided Arcangelo along the railing, charging past Preakness winner National Treasure and holding Forte in the final strides.
Antonucci’s historic triumph came on the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s famous victory at Belmont Owner Penny Cheneryone of the most famous female figures in horse racing.
Florida resident Antonucci is going into the Triple Crown record books and is sure to get a side mention Julie Krone She is the only woman to have won any of the three major horse races.
Krone’s colonial affair won the 1993 Belmont Stakes won the Belmont Stakes in 1993, becoming the first and only female jockey to win the third jewel of The Test of the Champion.
Acrangelo paid $17.80 for a $2 win bet. Forte was second and Tapit Twice was third.
Saturday’s Belmont Stakes was the third and final jewel of the Triple Crown, crowning the annual five-week showcase of thoroughbred horse racing.
Instead, the last 35+ days have been filled with questions about the viability of the sport following multiple fatal accidents involving horses on this massive stage.
A week ago on Friday, Churchill Downs, host of the Kentucky Derby, announced that racing on the famous oval was suspended to investigate the death toll.
A dozen horses died there during the spring season, a relatively large number compared to 15 that died at Kentucky racetracks in all of 2022.
And just before National Treasure won the PreaknesThe normally joyous day at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course was marred by tragedy when Havnameltdown broke down at the top of the circuit $200,000 Grade III Chick Long Stakes and had to be put down.