Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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Justify wins the Belmont Stakes and completes the Triple Crown

Justify wins the Belmont Stakes and completes the Triple Crown

On Saturday Justify became just the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown, defeating yet another crowded field of talented horses en route to adding another win to his undefeated record.

And, that's where Justify remained the rest of the way.

The prize-winning horse has won six races in 111 days. There is also, of course, the risk of defeat, which takes away some of the invincibility of a Triple Crown victor. "Now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is".

He strolled down a carpet of dirt and hay before heading off to Churchill Downs.

Jockey Mike Smith (bottom right) was overjoyed after crossing the finish line with a healthy lead.

Baffert has trained more winners in Triple Crown races (15) than anyone - he also trained 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. In the photo below, you can see Restoring Hope, in pink, coming up strong on the outside of Justify, in red. "After a week, it starts catching up with them".

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" The $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar (Calif.) on August 18". On the other side of the deal was Coolmore, the breeding farm that also oversees American Pharoah's sire activities. "He's become a household name and I'm looking forward to his next race as much as [everyone else]". "I'm not. I've had really good luck there". And, let's face it, there's going to be tremendous excitement this year with the Breeders' Cup being at Churchill Downs (Nov. 2-3). "We were in the office watching the replay over and over. He's just that kind of horse".

Baffert - who has won more Triple Crown races than anyone - complimented his team for helping the horse, which ran three major, testing races in five weeks. "This horse overcame a lot".

In a freaky trend dating back to 1930, in years horse racing sees a Triple Crown - Notre Dame football enjoys a successful season. He pricked his ears at the sound of the shutter clicks and when Baffert led him closer, he playfully bit at one camera.

Smith said Baffert made his dreams come true. "I would expect that probably in the next few days the NY stewards should at least ask him what he was thinking and what happened".

Justify's victory silenced the skeptics who believed the colt was due for a loss because of his rushed schedule and close result in the Preakness. "Oh, Mike. Don't empty that tank", Baffert said.


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