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Angel of Empire Finishes in Dead Heat for 4th at Belmont Stakes

A good run comes up a little short.

Angel of Empire, the Pine Grove-bred thoroughbred came up just a little shy in Saturday evening’s running of the Belmont Stakes.

He finished in a Dead Heat for 4th with Hit Show.

The bay colt ran near the front of the entire 1½-mile race but at the 1-mile mark the field got a bit crowded, with Angel of Empire stuck in the middle, unable to emerge from a shoulder-to-shoulder pack.

In the end, Arcangelo, at 7-1 odds, emerged victorious. Again, near the 1-mile mark, Arcangelo cut to the inside of the track and was able to overcome National Treasure, which had led from the start of the race.

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Forte, the Kentucky Derby favorite that was forced to withdraw prior to that race, finished 2nd after an impressive late dash. Tapit Trice finished 3rd.

Watch a replay of the race here:

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