Belmont Stakes 2022: Mo Donegal Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on June 7, 2022 - Last Updated on June 9, 2022
Mo Donegal

Mo Donegal had a good run in the Kentucky Derby, but was bested by a better field, ultimately finishing fifth. After sitting out the Preakness, Mo Donegal will likely be popular among Belmont Stakes 2022 picks on Saturday, June 11. His morning line odds were second-shortest at 5/2.

Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to consider betting Mo Donegal in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

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Mo Donegal Belmont Stakes Profile

Record: 3-0-2 (6)

Owner: Donegal Racing

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Color: Bay

Running Style: Closer

Last race: 5th in Kentucky Derby

Sire/Dam: Uncle Mo/Callingmissbrown

Mo Donegal Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
5/7/22Kentucky Derby1 1/4 miles965th
4/9/22Wood Memorial (G2)1 1/8 miles961st
2/5/22Holy Bull (G3)1 1/16 miles903rd
12/4/21Remsen (G2)1 1/8 miles901st
10/29/21MSW1 1/16 mile821st
9/24/21MSW6 1/2 furlongs723rd

The Word On Mo Donegal

On Friday, trainer Todd Pletcher was very pleased with Mo Donegal’s final Belmont breeze.

“The main thing I tried to emphasize to Jose and Irad was that I wanted a good, steady, long gallop out breeze. I wasn’t concerned about how quickly they went,” Pletcher said. “They got into a good rhythm. I had them out in 1:02 and 4, but what I particularly liked was the three-eighths after the finish line, they galloped out strongly. Both riders said that when I told them on the radio to let them go ahead and go out another eighth, both horses jumped up underneath them and showed they still had something left in the tank, so I was happy. I think both horses have good foundations. I just wanted a good, steady, stamina-building breeze and I thought we were able to accomplish that.”

As for what happened in the Kentucky Derby, Pletcher shared his thoughts.

“He hopped at the start. I didn’t anticipate that we would be a part of the pace, but I also didn’t want to be 19th going around the first turn either. He stood in the gate a long time and he’s a well-behaved horse. He got a little quiet and just didn’t jump and it compromised his position,” Pletcher said. “I thought he put in a good run. He had to angle out around horses and have Barber Road laying on him the whole way down the lane. He ran a race that was good enough to win if things would have maybe gone his way along the way, but he kept trying until the end. He was still closing ground that last sixteenth of a mile.”

Quotes provided by NYRA Press Office

Betting insight from Dave Bontempo

Mo Donegal thrives from working the back of the pack and nipping victories just before the wire. He’s a strong closer, showcasing that ability most recently at the Wood Memorial. There, he came from well back in the pack and took the victory away from Early Voting, who we may also see run May 7.

He made a five-second improvement from December at the same track at 1 1/8 mile distance to win the Wood.

Belmont Stakes Odds 2022

Any bets made on the TVG app will see odds shift based on how much is wagered on each horse until the starting gates open.

PostHorseML OddsTrainerJockey
1We the People2/1Rodolphe BrissetFlavien Prat
2Skippylongstocking20/1Saffie Joseph Jr.Manny Franco
3Nest8/1Todd PletcherJose Ortiz
4Rich Strike7/2Eric ReedSonny Leon
5Creative Minister6/1Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez
6Mo Donegal5/2Todd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr.
7Golden Glider20/1Mark CasseDylan Davis
8Barber Road10/1John OrtizJoel Rosario

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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