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Justify's Triple Crown win pushes breeding rights fee to $75 million

13 June, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • All is in place for Justify as he bids to win the Belmont Stakes and complete the Triple Crown

Justify, who raced to a contested victory at the Belmont States on Saturday evening to clinch the 13th Triple Crown in horse racing history, sparked plenty of euphoria as he crossed the finish. A crowd capped at 90,000 is expected at Belmont Park.

In any case, congratulations to jockey Mark Smith, trainer Bob Baffert, who is only the second trainer to win two Triple Crowns, and, obviously to the horse that did most of the work. He's 5-0, having raced for the first time on February 18.

Justify accomplished a lot in a very short time.

Save for a news helicopter circling during training hours, the scene was as mellow as could be - three years between Triple Crown attempts will have such an effect.

"When you're standing in the winner's circle in the Derby there's nothing like it, but this is kind of cool because I'm a New Yorker, it's a little special".

Justify won the Belmont on Saturday by 1¾ lengths over 24-1 shot Gronkowski after winning the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths and the Preakness by a half-length.

"The great ones, they just find another gear", Baffert said of Justify, who improved to 6-0 and joined Seattle Slew as the only horse to claim the Triple Crown with an unbeaten record. When Geroux broke next to last I would have thought that was a great scenario, he doesn't have to worry about him.

He ran the longest race of the series in 2:28.18 and paid $3.60, $3.50 and $2.80.

"He listens to you - to everything I do", Smith said. Where Justify has run a half-dozen races in four months, this will be Hofburg's fifth race.

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Before Justify won, 24/7 Wall St. has reviewed the 12 horses that have won the Triple Crown, according to Kentucky Derby's comprehensive list. Horses had come close to breaking it in recent years but it wasn't until Justify arrived that the superstition was put to rest.

Meanwhile, if Restoring Hope really was there only to help complete the Triple Crown, it was news to his owner. I tell you, it's just unbelievable.

He became the 13th Triple Crown victor of all time and the second horse to accomplish the feat since 1978. "He's sent from heaven".

Getty Justify is one win away from a Triple Crown.

The white mane of Justify trainer Bob Baffert, horse whisperer to the stars, is now known the world over.

While he admits, he's older than most, Smith said he takes his job seriously.

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. I wanted to see that horse's name up there, because we knew he was brilliant from day one.

Among those expected to be on hand is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Trainer Todd Pletcher also has two horses in the field - 8-1 Vino Rosso and 30-1 Noble Indy.

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