Triple Crown victor Justify


But we have to have the horse, and Bob made me feel pretty good leaving the paddock.

"Belmont Park race 11, $10 exacta box, 1, 4, 8".

Baffert complimented his team for helping the horse, which ran three major, testing races in five weeks.

At 6-0, Justify joins the legendary Seattle Slew (1977) as the only two undefeated Triple Crown winners.

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Justify, the first to win the Triple Crown after not having raced as a 2-year-old, owned Belmont from the moment he arrived on Wednesday.

Restoring Hope stayed in second place up to the far turn, then began to fall back as Justify and jockey Mike Smith held a two-length lead. "When he showed that brilliance when he broke his maiden, we knew maybe he had a chance, but he was going to have to be something really special".

"I just couldn't keep it inside of me", Smith told CBN News.

An impressive feat for Baffert, racing's affable, most marketable two-legged star, for sure.

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Smith said Baffert made his dreams come true. When he wanted Justify to run fast he would squeeze him, and when he wanted Justify to relax and fall into a rhythm, the jockey would move his hands down.

He had to run a quarter-mile longer than he ever had before to take the win. Many sports fans have just a passing interest in horse racing, only tuning in during May and June, when a Triple Crown's on the line. "It was going to be my friend or the enemy", Baffert said when asked about what other horses he was concerned about as the race developed. "Oh, Mike. Don't empty that tank", Baffert said. It could have been a whole different story for us if Justify wasn't here, but he was, and you've got to run against everybody.

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It happens, on a rough average, about one year in every four, and there were no fewer than 13 disappointments spread out over the course of a famous 37-year drought before American Pharoah completed the set three years ago, to claim the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

Justify was running with a clear lead, but jockey Mike Smith was not in danger of burning out his horse because none of the other nine competitors in the race were making a serious challenge at that point.

The 13th Triple Crown victor paused his morning walk to pose for photographs, looking fresher than any horse should after running three high-pressure races in the past five weeks. He's the first Triple Crown victor to face that many rivals in the 1½-mile Belmont.

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Justify, who is 6-0 and is the first horse to sweep the series without racing at age 2, beat nine others to win - more competition than any other Triple Crown victor has beaten in the Belmont. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown victor and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.