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Justify captures Triple Crown, wins Belmont

10 June, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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Justify, the three-year-old chestnut colt, completed his improbable Triple Crown journey with a dominating win at the 2018 Belmont Stakes.

In a dazzling display of power and durability, the late-blooming colt who didn't race as a 2-year-old proved Saturday he couldn't be worn out as a 3-year-old, thundering to victory in the Belmont Stakes to claim a place in history as the sport's 13th Triple Crown champion.

While the deal might seem rich, sources said Coolmore would make it up by breeding in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, making the horse capable of breeding at least 250 times in his first year.

Smith said Baffert made his dreams come true.

Justify became the second undefeated Triple Crown victor after Seattle Slew in 1977, finishing first in a field of 10. Jockey Mike Smith wore the colors of the China Horse Club, one of Justify's owners, on race day; the red outfit with yellow starts resembled the Chinese flag, as the China Horse Club's seeking to grow the sport there. He took his hand away to give Justify a periodic breath, then gave him a squeeze when he wanted more. "I think all of NY should give him a cheer". The next best choices were 6-1 odds shared by Bravazo and Hofburn. He led wire to wire. Often it's the final quarter-mile that does in a contender.

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

As impressed as people were by Justify's win, even more people had sports jokes ready.

But Justify found his own path.

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Gronkowski finished second in the 1 1/2 mile race.

Gronkowski, named for the National Football League player, finished second, less than two lengths back.

"I just kept a leg on each side and my mind in the middle", Smith said. "If I trained the way I train him, I'd pass out". Why can't one of these thoroughbreds just win three athletic competitions in a row? Justify reported home two lengths in front of that rival, with Hofburg (Tapit) rounding out the trifecta. Baffert, 65, had less than a year to train Justify who suffered a minor injury and didn't race his second year.

At The Derby Bar and Grill in Surrey, B.C. fans packed in to cheer Justify - and Gunther - on Saturday.

The $2 exacta paid $89, and the $1 trifecta paid $229.74.

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Justify battled nine rivals, the largest number that a potential Triple Crown victor has ever faced.

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