Justify's breeding rights were bought by Coolmore Stud, who paid $75 million and reportedly hopes to breed Justify 250 times in his first year. Blink and you would have missed him, for all his social media presence and the blanket Justify coverage from NBC since his win in the Santa Anita Derby. In fact, Notre Dame averages nine wins per season following a Triple Crown - and has only lost 10 games, total, those 12 years. "This horse overcame a lot".
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled American Pharoah to end a 37-year-old Triple Crown drought in 2015, thus became the second trainer along with "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons to train two Triple Crown winners, with Fitzsimmons having conditioned Gallant Fox (1930) and his son, Omaha (1935). "People love history being made in sports".
There is a reason the 1970s are longingly referred to as the Golden Age of Racing, and it's not because of Ruffian, Forego, and Ack Ack. Back then it was high-impact magazine covers.
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. Baffert had a second horse in the Belmont - Restoring Hope - that ran behind Justify at the start before fading to eighth. They've been running rabbits in races for years, and Noble Indy was not a rabbit.
From the first turn through the back stretch, Restoring Hope hung right off Justify, pinning Bravazo to the rail, whose late charge in the shorter Preakness Stakes almost overtook Justify in that race. If the colt took the bit and tried to straighten the turn, that might explain his fanning wide.
West declined comment on whether Restoring Hope was used to block for Justify, who settled into a comfortable, unpressured advantage that he never relinquished.
"It's unbelievable", said Baffert, who had Triple Crown near-misses with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002). Icebergs reveal more above the waterline.