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Triple Crown winner Justify

Triple Crown winner Justify”

"Had I known better, the first eighth of a mile I would have thought it was a quarter-horse race, not the mile-and-a-half Belmont".

"We had already had a great run with him and were very proud of what he had achieved".

Justify's Triple Crown is an wonderful accomplishment for Baffert, who also trained American Pharoah - the 2015 Triple Crown victor.

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

"I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", West said, per Tom Pedulla of the New York Post.

The Kiwi standing in the middle of Justify's Triple Crown storm says the feeling was surreal.

"To become just the 13th victor of the Triple Crown is fantastic and even more special is the fact that he is only the second Triple Crown victor to be bought at public auction after Seattle Slew in 1977". The chestnut colt with a pronounced white blaze won on slop at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness; even on a faster track on a clear day at Belmont, his opponents couldn't outrun him. Justify, who won the first two legs, won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, 2018, to complete horse racing's Triple Crown. Justify ended a three-year Triple Crown drought. He then got a bit of a breather when he ran back in the Haskell Invitational, which marked his sixth start in 141 days. Here are the odds for every contender in the field the morning of Saturday's race.

Justify took that to a whole new level. Wallace was still pinching himself hours after the race as the team around Justify set out to celebrate the unique achievement. A horse couldn't pull that off in almost four decades?

"Fifty-two years old. Think about that accomplishment, winning a Triple Crown at 52 years old?" He finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby, passing several horses in the stretch after finding trouble at the start. It showed in Bodemeister when he became rubber legged in the final stages of the race. He's been 5-0 in his brief career, and now he's ready for a chance at a Triple Crown.

Things like that happen to all horses, and even those with a foundation find it hard to overcome.

"It always helps", he said. The thoroughbred won the 1 3/16-mile Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 19 by holding off Bravazo by a half-length on a muddy track.

In a withering 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.

Justify shredded the history books.

America only had to wait three years to see another thoroughbred accomplish the same feat. Simply, Justify redefined what it means to be a great racehorse.



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