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Justify Wins Triple Crown With Dominant Victory at Belmont

Justify Wins Triple Crown With Dominant Victory at Belmont

The chestnut colt would become just the second horse to win the esteemed Triple Crown since 1978, with American Pharoah being the most recent to complete the sweep in 2015.

The sheer joy witnessed at Belmont Park when Justify crossed the finish line in front, exclusively stirred the emotions of everyone who witnessed the race through any medium, dare I say among those who know little or nothing of horseracing, including four such gentlemen (Brian, Chad, Bruce and Mario) talking World Cup football on Isports. "He looks no different than the way American Pharoah did coming in here".

I will admit that I was not as emotionally invested in Justify as I was in American Pharoah or any of the horses who had previously bid for the Triple Crown in my lifetime. "It feels pretty good". "I thought maybe, because I could see Gronkowski flying, but he just couldn't get to that horse". It's rare to find a horse in this day and age that makes 6 starts in four months, period, let alone win them all.

With all of the odds in his favour to win, it's no wonder Bafferd and the China Horse Club 's ownership of Justify turned back to Mike Smith, whom rode him to victory in the Preakness to steer him over the course Saturday as well.

Bob Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice.

The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1? lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. Baffert had a second horse in the Belmont - Restoring Hope - that ran behind Justify at the start before fading to eighth. Conditions were much better Saturday, overcast but dry.

Smith got the colt into a relaxed rhythm under a moderate pace heading into the backstretch, and he had an easy trip from there. He fought off challenges from Vino Ross and Gronkowski and cruised home to history.

"It's just about getting the horse in a good, happy, comfortable place, wherever that may be", Smith said.

Teinowitz: You lead wire-to-wire in the Belmont. Horses whose pedigrees are based on speed rather than stamina are unlikely to run their best, never mind improve, going 1 ½ miles. "He's a gift from heaven".

Forbes has estimated that once retired, Justify could demand an initial $100,000 stud fee - giving him a $60 million value based exclusively on breeding fees if he were to cover 150 mares per breeding season for four years.

Prior to loading into the starting gates, Justify pranced eagerly before the cheering crowd, ears pricked and his shoulder coat sweaty.

"I wanted to see if I could win the race and not have to empty him out, like I kind of did in the Derby where we went so quick all the way around there", Smith said. Not only do I get to pose for a picture, but if you don't win, you don't go to the detention barn to give a urine specimen. Fillies have won three times with Rags to Riches being the last in 2007, and nine foreign-bred horses have taken to the track known as "Big Sandy" on the Saturday three weeks after the Preakness Stakes to win the big race.

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