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Japanese horse Epicharis scratched from Belmont Stakes

Japanese horse Epicharis scratched from Belmont Stakes

The Belmont was already without the Kentucky Derby (Always Dreaming) and Preakness (Cloud Computing) winners. Irish War Cry returned $4.70 and $3.90, while Patch , the one-eyed horse trained by Pletcher, paid $6.50 to show. So, that leaves Irish War Cry as the favorite for the Belmont Stakes . Motion is hoping Irish War Cry will bounce back the way he did from a similarly puzzling seventh-place result in the Fountain of Youth to win the Wood Memorial in April.


Belmont Stakes: Why 'Test of the Champion' is the hardest to win

Belmont Stakes: Why 'Test of the Champion' is the hardest to win

The one-eyed Patch , also trained by Pletcher, finished a distant third in the 11-horse field. Brother Irad Ortiz Jr rode Creator to an upset win past year. Irish War Cry inherited the role of favorite after Classic Empire was forced out earlier in the week with an abscess in his hoof. Epicharis hasn't run a race since finishing second on March 25 at the UAE Derby.



Farrell boots British and Irish Lions to crucial victory against Crusaders

The Lions face the Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday, followed by the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua next Saturday. Gatland was delighted with his team's showing in defence, the linespeed and offloading game but said they must get better at converting chances with a number of opportunities squandered against the Crusaders .


F1: Vettel ends Ferrari's long wait for Monaco victory

F1: Vettel ends Ferrari's long wait for Monaco victory

Indeed, after just six races Hamilton trails Sebastian Vettel by 25 points following the Ferrari driver's victory here. Raikkonen started from pole position and led for the first 34 laps of the race before receiving a call to pit for fresh tyres.



French Open, Day 10 highlights: Ostapenko's dancing, rain delays and more

She ended the contest on her first match point with an unreturnable serve to reach her second French Open final. Jelena Ostapenko and Timea Bacsinszky embraced after ensuring they will meet in the semi-finals of the French Open on their birthdays, while tennis legends were rolling back the years on a rainy day in Paris .