Essential Quality wins Belmont Stakes as banned Baffert stays in background

By: Associated Press Sunday 6 June 2021
  • Brad Cox picks up his first Triple Crown victory
  • Baffert was banned after doping saga with Medina Spirit

Brad Cox picked up his first Triple Crown victory with Essential Quality’s romp to victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday while waiting to see if he’ll be awarded another from the Kentucky Derby.

Cox could be a Derby winner with Mandaloun if Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit is disqualified. But Cox was able to enjoy this one with Essential Quality beating Hot Rod Charlie by one-and-a-quarter lengths.

Related: Bob Baffert banned in New York following Medina Spirit’s failed drugs test

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