Justify Wins the Triple Crown

Justify Wins the Triple Crown

Justify looks to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, so check out all the highlights from this epic race! His other accomplishments include two Kentucky Derby wins, two Preakness wins and three Belmont wins as well as more than two dozen victories in the Breeders' Cup.

More importantly, to his owners at least, the win makes him the most valuable horse in racing history. A plan will be formulated once the chestnut colt recovers from a compressed schedule that saw him win six races over 111 days since his debut February 18.

Some clues might come from how trainer Bob Baffert handled American Pharoah, who got a bit of a break after winning the Triple Crown in 2015 and returned to the track on August 2 to win the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. "I thought maybe, because I could see Gronkowski flying, but he just couldn't get to that horse".

Justify will leave Belmont Park on Monday and go back to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., for at least a week before eventually returning to Baffert's home base in California. He did so with American Pharoah in 2015, ending a 37-year drought.

Though their running styles and strides are different, Baffert said there is only one thing that matters at the end of the day: they're fast. "After a week it starts catching up with them". Horses had come close to breaking it in recent years but it wasn't until Justify arrived that the superstition was put to rest. Three options are the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 29 at New Jersey's Monmouth Park, the $1 million Pacific Classic on August 18 at Del Mar and the $1.25 million Travers on August 25 at Saratoga. American Pharoah, he'll always be my first love and for this horse to do it, and for Mike Smith - Mike deserves something like this.

Justify ran the longest race of the series in 2:28.18 and paid $3.60, $3.50 and $2.80. The article was written in 2013 prior to American Pharoah's win, but it still rings true today. "I think it's paying off now in the later years", he told the Post. "He was standing so good, nearly too good". He had expressed cautious confidence in the lead up to the race, saying afterward he was impressed Justify had "showed that brilliance".

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The white mane of Justify trainer Bob Baffert, horse whisperer to the stars, is now known the world over. He's just an unbelievable horse. "We wanted to give him every opportunity".

It's that time of year again, as horse racing dominates the TV's of people interested in the three, of the most oldest and most prestigious races; the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

In sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Smith becomes the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

Gronkowski finished second in the race. "This horse overcame a lot. He's a remarkable horse to run in all three legs as well as he did".

If Justify wins on Saturday, he will have faced the largest field (nine) of any of the previous 12 Triple Crown winners.

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