Justify Wins Belmont to Become 13th Triple Crown Champ

Justify Wins Belmont to Become 13th Triple Crown Champ

He defeated a deep crop, faced more horses in his three legs than any previous Triple Crown victor.

The big chestnut colt with the appetite to match burst onto the national scene with a 2?-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby.

At The Derby Bar and Grill in Surrey, B.C. fans packed in to cheer Justify - and Gunther - on Saturday. Coolmore purchased breeding rights to the 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah from Zayat Stables late in the colt's 2-year-old season or early in his 3-year-old year.

The 150th Belmont Stakes will feature Justify, who is looking to become only the 13th horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont. Why can't one of these thoroughbreds just win three athletic competitions in a row?

Wallace went into yesterday's race in a pragmatic mood, knowing wishing doesn't tend to make racehorses run any faster. Birdstone, a 36-1 shot, reeled in Smarty Jones, who lost by a length. He made a strong and sudden move along the inside while picking up horses rapidly on the second turn, got within easy striking distance of the leader nearing midstretch, but could not sustain the bid while racing a bit greenly and failing to change leads until deep stretch.

"But a day like today, to be part of this, is something I will never forget". Horses and riders aren't used to 11/2-mile races in the US, where the focus is on sprinting.

"Justify is a super horse". So any horse that wins all three passes a threshold of speed, strength, and just plain grit.

"It's just about getting the horse in a good, happy, comfortable place, wherever that may be", Smith said. He's got a brilliant mind, and for a powerful racehorse like him who has a mind of his own, he's still just eager to please.

At 52, Mike Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

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Justify has won the Triple Crown.

Even so, Justify enjoyed a dry track on Saturday and led the race from start to finish. He's 5-0, having raced for the first time on February 18.

"The raw talent is there", Baffert said.

Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, earning him the coveted Triple Crown. A crowd capped at 90,000 is expected for a chance to witness history.

"He was showing me the same signs (as American Pharoah)", Baffert said of Justify. "Once he enters the building, it'll be like Elvis".

Belmont Stakes odds have Justify as the heavy favorite, as the Derby and Preakness victor looks to become just the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown.

Third, the immediate past of Justify's racing, The Triple Crown takes a toll - three races in five weeks, with the last one, the Belmont Stakes, being the longest at 11/2 miles.

Jun 9, 2018; Elmont, NY, USA; Mike Smith aboard Justify wins the 150th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

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