Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Justify Wins The Belmont Stakes, Becomes 13th Triple Crown Winner

Justify Wins The Belmont Stakes, Becomes 13th Triple Crown Winner

Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice, having overseen American Pharoah.

Justify became the second undefeated Triple Crown victor after Seattle Slew in 1977, finishing first in a field of 10.

Belmont Stakes hopeful Bravazo works out on the main track at Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y. Bravazo is one of 10 horses racing in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. Horses and riders aren't used to 11/2-mile races in the USA, where the focus is on sprinting.

"It's awesome", said Baffert, who had Triple Crown near-misses with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002). They couldn't lose. What unfolded under an overcast sky before 90,327people at Belmont Park was the confluence of their work and skill, carried out brilliantly by a 1,380-pound horse that won for the sixth time in only 112 days. "Even just looking at him he's this massive attractive horse".

"I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", West said in an email. The horse ran a great race. We're just so proud of him. But the horses slowed down the back stretch and Baffert liked what he saw on the timer at the half-mile pole. I'm so proud to be an American and feel this way, it's very emotional for me. They're just good horses. That's the end of the story. He did so in 2015 with American Pharoah, a colt that ended a 37-year drought. The colt is now undefeated, having taken the roses at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but he drew a tough post spot and will be forced to run right next to the rail, which could make his job even harder. At 52, he is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. He handled the dirt. "He'll get Justify right, and then we'll make a plan".

"There was no pace and nobody put any pressure on the horse and he kind of walked the dog going around there. It was going to be my friend or the enemy", Baffert said when asked about what other horses he was concerned about as the race developed. Executives from the investment firm oversee the breeding and horse ownership businesses. "It means so much". Smith has seven Triple Crown race victories to his credit.

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"You can't doubt [Justify] now, there's no way".

"You can't doubt him now, there's no way, " said Bill Mott, trainer of third-place Hofburg. They didn't do it today. "We're like the coach, but they're the athletes, and the jockeys get it done". "I went for it, made my move at the quarter pole but I couldn't catch him".

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor has been guided to this point by a couple of veterans: trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith.

"Physical fitness is a part of my life from an early age, and I really stuck with it".

"It was exciting to think about what could be down the road with this horse", Brown said. That was a spectacular performance, what Bob [Baffert] did with this horse.

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