Triple Crown victor Justify

Doug Mendoza
June 10, 2018

Justify is the second Triple Crown win for legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert.

Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.

American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015. Seattle Slew was also undefeated when he won the Triple Crown in 1977.

"Did you see him in the gate, he's standing so still, " Smith said.

The horse I was intrigued by in that race was Quip... who finished last. I don't think the fast track will hurt him (or for that matter Bravazo, ) but it could give a big boost to some of the others.

"This horse ran a tremendous race".

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In contrast to the first two legs of the Triple Crown series, Saturday's Belmont was run under ideal conditions. He had never raced on a wet track before. The 7-year-old bay horse won by 2 1/4 lengths and paid $9.10 to win - a generous price on a Baffert trainee.

As impressed as people were by Justify's win, even more people had sports jokes ready.

If Justify succeeds in sweeping the Triple Crown just three years after American Pharoah, it wouldn't be the first time it has happened close together.

Oddsmakers have liked Justify for quite some time. At the inaugural Belmont Stakes, which took place in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack in New York City, the owner of the winning horse took home a prize of $1,850 and an English riding saddle.

Justify's victory gives racing its second Triple Crown victor of the decade.

"It feels pretty good", Baffert said, who added he knew early this year that Justify was a superior horse. Questions about his stamina deepened at the Preakness, where he exhausted over another muddy track and held on to win by ½ a length. Two weeks later, Justify weathered torrential rain and a blanket of fog to win the Preakness Stakes, setting himself up for the Triple Crown bid.

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