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Justify’s win in Belmont Stakes wraps up US Triple Crown

Justify’s win in Belmont Stakes wraps up US Triple Crown

Next Saturday, Justify's owners, along with trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith, will receive their engraved Kentucky Derby trophies at Churchill. 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 February 18.

That mantle will rest lightly on the shoulders of Justify as he becomes only the second colt in the history of the Triple Crown to go into - and come out of - the Belmont undefeated.

Before the Belmont, which Justify won by 13/4 lengths over surprise second-place finisher Gronkowski, the massive chestnut colt with the white blaze had won the Kentucky Derby by 21/2 lengths.

Wallace got special joy out of watching the race in the Belmont stands with his father Jim and brother David. He is the man, got great people behind him.

"It's a privilege to have a horse like this", Baffert said about Justify.

"What an awesome experience, my heart was pounding and I had to sit down", said Gunther, who witnessed Justify's historic run at Belmont Park on Saturday.

The horse's first victory at the Santa Anita Park in California a few months ago convinced Baffert that he might be training a champion. Coming under a full drive before he even straightened for home, Hofburg had to grind every step of the way just to outlast a weakening Vino Rosso for third by a neck. His Belmont Stakes triumph on Saturday made him the 13th victor of racing's most coveted trophy. But of all the things the Belmont Stakes is known for it's probably the sheer amount of awesome horses who've won the 1 ½-mile race since it was first contested in 1867. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. American Pharoah, he'll always be my first love and for this horse to do it, and for Mike Smith - Mike deserves something like this.

Belmont Stakes Day card, highlighted by Justify's Triple Crown triumph, generated all-sources handle of $137,954,895, the second-highest one-day handle in NYRA history behind Belmont Stakes Day in 2014. "We thought he was that kind of horse but they have to prove it".

Superior: Justify carries the China Horse Club silks to victory in the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.

While it's nice to see a Triple Crown victor, it's hardly profitable for bettors. After the race, Smith said he didn't have much to do.

Justify has won all six of his races. After a shocking upset loss in the Travers at Saratoga - the biggest summer race restricted to 3-year-olds - there was some question whether Baffert would run him again. It shows a horse eating the flowers off a women's hat and the jockey reimbursing her in the winner's circle with Quick Pay.

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