Justify Captures Triple Crown With Win at Belmont

Aubrey Yates
June 14, 2018

With the win, Justify improved to 6-0 in a career that began in February, making him the first Triple Crown victor not to race as a 2-year-old. That's his job, to protect the other horse, and it worked for them. "Keeneland extends its congratulations to breeders John and Tanya Gunther; owners Kenny Troutt, Teo Ah Khing, Jack Wolf and Sol Kumin; trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith".

Because of his value as a stud, there's a chance that Justify's racing career is over, though there are still a few races he could take on later in the year.

Both horses are trained by Bob Baffert, who now has two Triple Crown horses on his Hall of Fame resume, with Justify following in the hoof prints of American Pharaoh in 2015. There is also, of course, the risk of defeat, which takes away some of the invincibility of a Triple Crown victor. "When he broke a step slow - he's kind of an aggressive horse to ride, he pulls very hard - I wanted to make sure I put him in the clear", Geroux said.

Justify is the 13th Triple Crown victor!

Florent Geroux - Restoring Hope's jockey - said that Restoring Hope's plan was independent of Justify's, and he had some trouble controlling the horse.

Justify won the Belmont on Saturday by 1 3/4 lengths over 24-1 shot Gronkowski after winning the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths and the Preakness by a half-length.

Such actions, if true, can be camouflaged by the helter-skelter run for position into the quick first turn of a one-circuit race like the Belmont.

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In a freaky trend dating back to 1930, in years horse racing sees a Triple Crown - Notre Dame football enjoys a successful season.

A horse must win all three races to achieve the Triple Crown.

Completing the order of finish after Vino Rosso were Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy. Among those in the crowd was Denise King of Raceland, Kentucky, who came to Churchill Downs with a friend and see a bit of history.

The longest of the three triple crown races at 1.5 miles; often referred to as the "Test of the Champion". "And I am so happy for Mike Smith".

Repole said he thought stewards should take a look at the race.

A representative for the New York Gaming Commission told the Daily Racing Form there is no plan to speak to Geroux.

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