Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Justify's value skyrockets to $60M with Triple Crown win

Justify is led to the stable after winning the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race and Triple Crown Saturday Belmont Stakes 2018: Betting odds, picks, favorites
Lucia Summers | 13 June, 2018, 11:49

"He is a Triple Crown victor and he's undefeated", said Repole, emphasizing his admiration for the powerful, 6-for-6 colt.

Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes walked Justify before clicking cameras outside of Barn 33 and said the horse traveled well.

Triple Crown victor Justify returned to Churchill Downs for a little rest Monday, arriving just before a thunderstorm and greeted by camera-clicking fans intent on getting a shot of horse racing's newest superstar. Adjusting for inflation, that figure would be $104 million today. A plan will be formulated once the chestnut colt recovers from a compressed schedule that saw him win six races over 111 days since his debut on February 18.

Asked Saturday after the race about the idea of using Restoring Hope as a "wing man" out of the gates for Justify, Baffert downplayed it. It is possible Justify could be paraded at the track like American Pharoah after he won the Triple Crown for Baffert in 2015. His milestone run follows that of 2015 champion American Pharoah, also trained by Bob Baffert.

"It baffled me", Repole told the Daily Racing Form, according to ESPN. None of the other nine horses had a chance to catch him. The three-year old is unbeaten in his six races, which included wins in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. I felt on my watch, if he's happy, I'll keep him running.

Regardless of how it happened, Justify is now a Triple Crown champion, and Restoring Hope has a future as an offensive lineman.

"He has natural speed", Baffert said.

Justify with jockey Mike Smith up parades along the track after winning the Triple Crown at the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race Saturday
Bob Baffert horse Restoring Hope accused of blocking for Justify

When the group approached the first turn, Restoring Hope took a noticeably wide path to the right in front of Noble Indy before veering back to the left appearing to push Bravazo to an inside position behind Justify. We're just so proud of him.

Justify's winning time was 2:28.18 for the 1 ½ miles over a track rated fast, unlike his two previous wins, which came over sloppy tracks at Churchill Downs and Pimlico.

"Pharoah made so many people feel good", Baffert said.

"I think they at least have to call in Geroux", he told Newsday.

"Opinions die", Baffert said.

"He ran a large number of races in a short amount of time with no 2-year-old foundation", said Chad Brown, who trains Gronkowski.

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