27 Jun 2022

Horse with firm links to Donegal has won famous race in United States

'Mo Donegal' is co-owned by 'Donegal Racing', whose lead partner Jerry Crawford's ancestors hailed from the county

Horse with firm links to Donegal has won famous race in United States

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr celebrates aboard Mo Donegal and (inset) Jerry Crawford

Mo Donegal, owned by a man whose horse racing stable has firm pointers to his connections to the county, won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday night.

Sent off as the 5/2 labourite, Mo Donegal won the race at Elmond, New York in front of 46,000 spectators.

Jerry Crawford, an attorney based in the Iowa city of Des Moines, is the leading man behind Mo Donegal. Crawford’s Donegal Racing co-owns Mo Donegal having purchased the horse for $250,000 in 2020.

Crawford formed Donegal Racing in 2008 with a number of partners. Crawford’s ancestors hailed from Donegal and their racing silks are green and gold.

Mo Donegal went off in the silks of Repole Stable, who bought a share in the horse earlier this year.

The Todd Pletcher-trained Mo Donegal was ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr and comfortably saw off Nest and Skippylongstocking to claim a famous win in the eight-horse field.

“We were a little confident going into the race,” Crawford said.

“When he turned for home, I was like, forget about it. I know Todd thought he could get a strong last quarter mile, and he sure did.”

The Belmont Stakes is one of three races, along with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, which make up the Triple Crown.

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