Elmont The horse that crossed the finish line first in the big race of the day at Belmont Park was disqualified. The horse that was declared the winner of said race was booed as he entered the winner’s circle. Another day, another controversy in the sport of thoroughbred horse racing. The 101st running of the Grade I, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday ended with elation for the connections of Travers winner Code of Honor. For those associated with Vino Rosso? Not so much. For the first time since 1927, the horse that finished first in the prestigious race had the win taken away. When the running was done in the 1 1/4-mile race, Vino Rosso and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. had won the race by a desperate nose over Code of Honor and John Velazquez. The two horses had engaged in a spirited battle halfway down the long, tiring stretch at Belmont Park. During the final eighth of a mile, there was little separating Vino Rosso, a 4-year-old, and Code of Honor, who is 3. As soon as the race was over, Velazquez hopped off his horse and made a beeline for the phone just off the winner’s… Read full this story
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