Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become Triple Crown winner

10 June, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Tenfold a three-year-old thoroughbred is looking to beat Justify at the Belmont Stakes Saturday running in support of Homes For Our Troops a nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans

Justify, who will try to become the 13th Triple Crown victor, remains the favorite at 4/5 odds for the 1 1/2-mile race.

Justify made all the running under Mike Smith to win the Belmont Stakes and become the 13th horse to complete the Triple Crown on Sunday morning (AEST).

The win also gave trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown victor along with 2015's American Pharoah, as well his record 15th Triple Crown race win. Baffert oversaw American Pharoah's Triple Crown success in 2015 and has used the same methods with Justify.

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Justify went to the lead out of the starting gate. Justify and Slew are the only two horses to enter and win the Triple Crown as undefeated racers.

Owned by China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm, Justify was ridden to victory by 52-year-old Mike Smith who became the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. Before Justify, the the last was American Pharoah in 2015.

Justify, unraced as a two-year-old, signalled his greatness with a Kentucky Derby victory on a rain-soaked Churchill Downs track in May. Behind those three, Noble Indy, Vino Rosso and Tenfold were stalking the leader, while the relatively unknown Gronkowski was initially last of the 10-horse field. So any horse that wins all three passes a threshold of speed, strength, and just plain grit. The colt named for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski brings a four-race winning streak into his USA debut.

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And the horse proved his trainer prescient, winning a Triple Crown with a mesmerizing and dominant victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

"I can't describe the emotion that's going through my body right now", Smith said as he made for the winner's circle.

"Although he got exhausted (Saturday), he was also looking around a bit at the end", Smith said.

Baffert will saddle a second horse: 30-1 shot Restoring Hope.

Hofburg paid $3.70 to show.

"I think that people in the horse racing industry saw what we did and what we were able to do as far as making additional money".

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