The victor was trained by Todd Pletcher.
The New York Racing Association surely hopes he runs on Saturday.
"It's our home base and I think that's always an advantage", said Pletcher.
"We talked about it, but we felt like Jose fit the horse well; he'd done nothing wrong", Pletcher said.
Irish War Cry was 10th after pressing the early pace in the May 6 race.
The Belmont victor, a $1.2 million yearling purchase at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga yearling sale in 2015, is co-owned by Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta. Right behind Irish War Cry on the odds board is Lookin at Lee.
Irish War Cry led for the majority of the race but faltered down the home stretch. They had the right running styles, the right dispositions, the right pedigrees.
New Mexico's own jockey Mike Smith was aboard the horse Meantime, but it would be Tapwrit who would emerge victorious after holding off Irish War Cry down the stretch. Tapwrit's stablemate, Patch, came in a distant third. The positioning stayed the same until the final turn, when Tapwrit turned it on.
As a yearling in 2015, he walked into the Fasig-Tipton sales ring in Saratoga Springs and walked out of the ring as the property of Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Yonkers native Robert LaPenta, who shelled out $1.2 million for the then-unnamed son of Tapit.
"Tapwrit was getting a lovely trip", said Pletcher.
But as the footage above shows, we still got an absorbing race.
"We come hopeful, not expecting", O'Meara said.
Irish War Cry made the lead, set some energy conserving fractions, which basically took the late-running closers out of the race. Brother Irad Ortiz Jr rode Creator to an upset win previous year.
Jose Ortiz celebrates after riding Tapwrit to victory in the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Elmont, N.Y. "I'm happy for the owners and for Todd [Pletcher] for giving me the opportunity".
"I was sure that he could handle it".
TV channel/schedule: Once again the race will carried on NBC Sports Network, the cable TV option for NBC's sports broadcasts. "Today he showed up".
Patch, the much-loved horse with one eye, who was also trained by Pletcher and also skipped the Preakness after a run in the Kentucky Derby, was able to close and get third place.
Epicharis was reported to the Belmont Park stewards by Verderosa as still being off in his right front foot, an issue that had prevented Epicharis from going to the track to train on Thursday and Friday. Tapwrit followed previous successes with Rags to Riches who, in 2007, became the third filly to withstand the rigors of the mile-and-a-half marathon and the first in 105 years.