Justify Wins the 13th Triple Crown in Horse Racing History

Justify Wins the 13th Triple Crown in Horse Racing History

With the win, Bob Baffert became just the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. Would Justify fall victim to the fatigue and bad luck that had marked 13 failed Triple Crown bids between 1978 and 2015? If he pulls it off, he'll become the 13th thoroughbred in history to do so and only the second since 1978 when American Pharoah took the title in 2015. "And I am so happy for Mike Smith".

A horse with another National Football League connection, Gronkowski - named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was in attendance - finished second.

No chance. Between his imposing size and the way his chestnut coat glistens in the sun, Justify is hard to overlook, particularly with his muscular hind legs propelling him forward. Jockey John Velazquez asked his Curlin colt to go on the attack, but he could only get to the pacesetter's hip. He got a wide trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and by some accounts, should have been awarded Horse of the Year based on his previous races.

Justify won the 150th Belmont Stakes, making him the 13th Triple Crown victor. Justify won the first two legs on sloppy tracks.

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Post time for the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 5:46 CDT Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, and it will be about two-and-a-half minutes before the American classic has its 150 victor. The son of Scat Daddy had earned 100 points in the Santa Anita Derby, more than enough to advance to the Kentucky Derby. That could be a bit of a challenge for Justify and Bravazo, both of whom raced well in the mud; but it could mean good things for horses like Free Drop Billy and Noble Indy, who didn't. Bravazo finished second in the Preakness and Hofburg was sired by Tapit, whose sons have won two of the last races in the Belmont, which is run at a 1 1/2 mile. But most important, Justify's victory assures that we won't have to wait another 37 years to see a Triple Crown.

Justify's jockey, Mike Smith, has called Belmont one of his favorite tracks and is confident that he Justify will come out on top.

Baffert sensed he had a "monster" on his hands the first time he breezed the colt in January.

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