142nd Running of the Belmont Stakes
More then 45,000 were on hand as a field of 12 took the starting gate for the final jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown on a hot, sunny Saturday at Belmont Park.
Drosselmeyer (left) had been an underachiever all year in finishing fourth, third and second in his last three starts.
Drosselmeyer (center), a 3-year-old chestnut colt owned by WinStar Farm, is the son of Distorted Humor also gave jockey Mike Smith his first Belmont win in his 13th try.
Drosselmeyer, with Mike Smith aboard, rallied to win the Belmont Stakes in 2:31.57.
Fly Down, with John Velazquez on top, placed second. Preakness runner-up First Dude was third after setting the pace.
Mike Smith won the race by keeping his long-striding colt in the clear. They eased to the outside for the run down the backstretch, keeping First Dude within range.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott (right), the youngest trainer inducted into racing's Hall of Fame at the age of 45 in 1998, had been 0-for-13 in Triple Crown races.