Justify completes Triple Crown dream at Belmont Park


Mike Curry from Americas Best Racing acknowledges the potential problems that Belmont Park's mile and a half track could present to Justify. So, Justify's jockey, Mike Smith, would gross $80,000.

"This horse ran a tremendous race". "He's sent from heaven".

At the time of this writing, Justify stands as a 4-5 favorite in the Belmont.

The field included Preakness runner-up Bravazo and third-place finisher Tenfold, along with Derby horses Vino Rosso, Hofburg and Free Drop Billy.

Justify will be trying to become thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown victor.

The chestnut colt burst onto the national scene with a 2 1/2 -length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby.

He was the first horse since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a two-year-old.

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Belmont appears to be Justify's biggest test. Gronkowski entered the race at 12-1 odds. He's the first Triple Crown victor to face that many rivals in the 1½-mile Belmont.

He conquered the slop on May 5 to become the first horse since 1882 to win a Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old and followed that feat with a damp and daring Preakness victory through soupy fog on May 16 that sent him to NY with the crown on the line. "When you are part of it and you see the accomplishments up and down the line, you feel very fulfilled". He was standing so still. "I can't describe the emotions that's going through my body right now". He now holds the record with 15 wins in Triple Crown races, one more than D. Wayne Lukas.

Seattle Slew's Triple Crown - four years after that of Secretariat, was swiftly followed by Affirmed's in 1978. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown victor and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.

It was the largest Belmont field ever beaten by a Triple Crown victor.

"It never gets old, " Baffert said. American Pharoah brought in total prize money of $8.7 million-and after retiring, he has commanded a $200,000 fee for each healthy foal he sired.

"I'm grateful to have a horse like this, to have the opportunity to be here, to make history like this is an incredible feeling", Baffert said.

The colt's immediate future, we know.