Preakness winner Rombauer finished third.
By Paulina Dedaj
Essential Quality, the favorite heading into the 153rd Belmont Stakes on Saturday, came out on top to win the final leg of the Triple Crown after a close race.
Hot Rod Charlie took an early lead in the 1.5 mile long race but Essential Quality rounded the final turn to win by just a length-and-a-half.
“That was a long way around there a mile a half but it was exciting,” trainer Brad Cox said.
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