Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Justify becomes 13th Triple Crown victor

Justify Justify has made history. Getty
Lucia Summers | 13 June, 2018, 05:29

Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday and become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years.

For the second time during this year's Triple Crown series, Brown came out second-best to Justify after Gronkowski's late rally fell 1 3/4 lengths short of the favorite in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

Justify is seeking to become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor and second in four years when he runs in the Belmont Stakes.

"From his first start, you could see that he was a very, very impressive colt", John Gunther of Langley, B.C., who bred Justify at his Kentucky farm, told CTV Vancouver before the race. The colt named for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski brings a four-race winning streak into his US debut. Justify rewarded his sun-splashed backers with $3.60 on a $2 bet to win.

"This horse ran a tremendous race", Smith said. Horses had come close to breaking it in recent years but it wasn't until Justify arrived that the superstition was put to rest.

For trainer Bob Baffert, this is his second Triple Crown victory overall, and second in the past four years.

The chestnut colt is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and was ridden to victory by veteran jockey Mike Smith. He also pulled ahead of longtime friend and rival trainer Wayne Lukas, 82, to claim a record 15 wins in Triple Crown races (five Derbys, seven Preaknesses and three Belmonts).

The 37-year-old Wallace was part of buying team that purchased Justify when China Horse Club was still relatively new to the North American yearling market. I believe that given the circumstances, Justify's Triple Crown sweep is the greatest yet. "He's now become a household name, and I'm looking forward to his next race just as much as you guys are".

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Justify has to overcome the No. 1 post position and Baffert will be watching closely to see if the colt breaks cleanly from the gate.

At 52, Mike Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

The first horse to load in the gate, Justify stayed so still and steady as the other nine followed suit that Smith anxious for a moment that he might not break at all.

Those are the concerns, but for betting purposes, I truly think Justify is a freak of a horse and will contend in this race.

Field was trackside for the final leg of the Triple Crown in NY as Justify continued the incredible partnership of WinStar, the China Horse Club and SF Bloodstock, which started in Australia.

Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by the New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7.

Vino Rosso finished fourth, followed by Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.

"What's most impressive about him is his mental attitude, nothing upsets him at all", Gunther said.

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