Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th Triple Crown victor

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Triple Crown victor Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year, although no date or location has been targeted yet after the colt came out of his Belmont Stakes victory in good condition. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice.

Restoring Hope finished in eighth place out of 10 horses, while Justify won the race.

The 13th Triple Crown victor paused his morning walk to pose for photographs, looking fresher than any horse should after running three high-pressure races in the past five weeks. "Now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is".

He's won more Triple Crown races, 15, than anyone else and became just the second trainer, after James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, to win two Triple Crowns.

The chestnut colt would become just the second horse to win the esteemed Triple Crown since 1978, with the great American Pharoah the most recent to complete the sweep in 2015. "After a week, it starts catching up with them".

At the post-race news conference Saturday, Walden referenced coming back in the late summer, which could mean the August 18 Pacific Classic at Del Mar or the August 25 Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

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Chris Kay, president of the New York Racing Association, joked that he would "hold Bode hostage until they make the decision", referring to Baffert's 13-year-old son. He did so with American Pharoah in 2015, ending a 37-year drought.

"I think it was just a special case", he said. "I'm not. I've had really good luck there".

Justify broadcast his rare talent to the wider world at Churchill Downs, where he transcended a driving rain and 19 challengers to win the Derby by 2 1/2 lengths. "We thought he was that kind of horse but they have to prove it".

Justify achieved one of the sports' toughest feats 45 years to the day that Secretariat won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths.

Justify became just the second horse, after Seattle Slew, to win it while still undefeated.

He ran the longest race of the series in 2:28.18 and paid $3.60, $3.50 and $2.80. "This horse overcame a lot". He was managed so well by Bob and his staff.

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According to NY state gaming commission regulations: 'If any horses trained by the same trainer race uncoupled in any race, and one or more of them shall be disqualified for violation of the rules of racing, any other horses entered by that same trainer shall also be disqualified if in the judgment of the stewards such violation prevented any other horse or horses from finishing ahead of the other part of the entry.

But the enduring allure of the Triple Crown is, and always has been, the difficulty of winning it.

Smith said Baffert made his dreams come true. "This horse, I'm sure there was millions of people screaming at their TV wanting to see it done". But still, those who came and watched saw history made again.

Justify's victory silenced the skeptics who believed the colt was due for a loss because of his rushed schedule and close result in the Preakness.

"Opinions die", Baffert said.

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