Barnes, a Santa Rosa native and 1977 graduate of Montgomery High School, had the pleasure of walking Triple Crown victor Justify around the grounds while camera-clicking fans followed their every step, intent on getting a shot or horse racing's newest superstar. The chestnut son of Scat Daddy was greeted by his usual throng of media attention, but remained unfazed in the hands of trainer Bob Baffert's top assistant Jimmy Barnes.
Forbes has estimated that once retired, Justify could demand an initial $100,000 stud fee - giving him a $60 million value based exclusively on breeding fees if he were to cover 150 mares per breeding season for four years.
A division of Coolmore also bought the rights to American Pharoah, who won the Triple Crown in 2015, snapping a 37-year drought. "He is a Triple Crown victor and he's undefeated", Repole said to the New York Post.
"He's even more magnificent than I thought he'd be".
WinStar CEO and President Elliott Walden indicated Sunday that the plan is to race Justify through the rest of the year, though his next start has not yet been determined.
After the horse won its first two races, he knew Justify was an awesome raw talent, capable of history.
At the wire, it was the European invader Gronkowski second, Hofburg third and Vino Rosso fourth. All six of his wins have come in 2018, beginning with a maiden victory on February 18th at Santa Anita Park and culminating just shy of 16 weeks later in the Belmont. "As such, Mr. Lewandowski indicated neither he nor his fellow stewards plan to discuss race strategy with Florent Geroux". He won the Kentucky Derby by 2-1/2 lengths after racing close to the pace for the first three quarters.More news: Dennis Rodman to Travel to Singapore for North Korea Summit
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"No, Restoring Hope, he has natural speed, and his only chance was to be up near the lead in the first wave because he's like a one-dimensional horse", he said.
It was the largest Belmont field ever beaten by a Triple Crown victor.
"This horse ran a tremendous race", said Smith, who at 52 is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.
Completing the order of finish after Vino Rosso were Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.
Justify is set to return today to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
As for any claims of cheating to the New York Gaming Commission?