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☛ Justify wins Triple Crown 6-9-18

JUSTIFY REWRITES HISTORY BOOKS BY WINNING TRIPLE CROWN

 

THE STALLION WINS THE 150THBELMONT STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS

 

Reprint from The Paulick Report

June 9, 2018

 

He’s re-writing the history books.

First, he won the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old. Then he overcame a speed duel to just hold on in the Preakness Stakes.

This Saturday, Justify capped off a terrific card at Belmont Park with a front-running 1 3/4-length victory in the 150th Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy will now be enshrined as racing’s 13th winner of the Triple Crown, just the second undefeated colt to do so. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who made his career on the New York racing circuit, piloted a perfect race to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown.

“This horse ran a tremendous race,” said an emotional Smith. “He’s just brilliant.”

Racing fans had waited 37 years for American Pharoah to win the Triple Crown in 2015, and now Justify has become the second horse to do so in the past 40 years.

“Mike Smith, he deserves something like this,” said Baffert, now one of only two trainers to saddle a pair of Triple Crown winners. “There’s no one more deserving than him. I think all of New York should give him a cheer.”

Racing on the lead throughout, Winstar, China Horse Club, Starlight and Head of Plains Partners’ Justify completed the Belmont’s grueling 1 1/2 miles over a fast track in 2:28.18. The 24-1 longshot Gronkowski got up for second, while Hofurg and Vino Rosso completed the superfecta.

 

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