War of Will spent most of the first half of the race hovering around fourth, but the only horse to contest all of the Triple Crown races this season faded to a ninth-place finish in the 10-horse field.
The race brought to a close one of the most freaky Triple Crown seasons in history as Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby on May 4 but was disqualified for interference, giving runner-up Country House the victory at 65-1 odds.
Starting at 10/1 on the local pari-mutual, the Mark Casse-trained Sir Winston pushed out under Joel Rosario around the home turn then held off the late rally from the favourite Tacitus to score by a length with Joevia a further three-quarters of a length away in third. Maximum Security, the initial victor of the first of the three Triple Crown races - the Kentucky Derby - was disqualified for interfering in the paths of several horses. Thought he had no shot in the Preakness, but that's racing.
Got to credit Dale Romans. If it was a negative issue, it would be different.
Sir Winston was the first horse across the finish line on Saturday at the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y. Though this was the third leg of the sport's yearly Triple Crown, there were no Triple Crown contenders at Belmont.
The last Triple Crown victor was Justify in 2018, coming three years after American Pharoah in 2015.
The colorful horse racing themed outfit was one of many that featured bold prints.