Justify has won the Triple Crown.
Justify added the Belmont Stakes to his victories in the Kentucky Derby on May 5 and Preakness Stakes on May 19 to run into thoroughbred racing history. Coolmore purchased breeding rights to the 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah from Zayat Stables late in the colt's 2-year-old season or early in his 3-year-old year. He also pulled ahead of longtime friend and rival trainer Wayne Lukas, 82, to claim a record 15 wins in Triple Crown races (five Derbys, seven Preaknesses and three Belmonts).
Justify is only the second horse since 1978 to earn the Triple Crown, widely considered the greatest accomplishment in thoroughbred racing, which comes from winning three high-profile US races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Justify won the first two legs on sloppy tracks.
The Gunthers knew shortly after Justify's birth he was something special.
When fans roared at him in appreciation on the way back to the winner's circle, Smith calmly point to Justify. Justify ended a three-year Triple Crown drought.
If Justify remains healthy and sound, Baffert will have plenty of options to map out his summer and fall campaign, with the obvious goal being the Breeders' Cup Classic on November 3 at Churchill.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor has been guided to this point by a couple of veterans: trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. "He could've won every race on the undercard today". Hofburg, trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Irad Ortiz - and reckoned by many as a contender to thwart Justify's Triple Crown bid - was third in the field of 10. It starts at birth with Hofburg, as he was sired by a horse (Tapit) that has produced three of the last four Belmont winners.
The fashion scene at the Belmont Stakes is as diverse as NY itself.
Before the Belmont Stakes, the horse's owners, primarily WinStar Farm, China Horse Club & SF Racing, negotiated a deal with Coolmore to sell the horse's breeding rights for $60 million.
The food in some ways is typically NY: pizza, wings, hot dogs and beer.
Bob Baffert and Mike Smith have teamed up to win a big race at Belmont Park. That'll be run later Saturday. He becomes the second man to train twoTriple Crown winners, joining "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons in the annals of horse-racing history, per ESPN. A crowd capped at 90,000 is expected at Belmont Park.
Last year, Baffert won four races with Mor Spirit (Metropolitan Handicap), Abel Tasman (Acorn), American Anthem (Woody Stephens) and West Coast (Easy Goer).
It will be the first time Justify runs on a dry track in the Triple Crown series. He's been training at Saratoga since the Kentucky Derby and should be fresh after not running in the Preakness. We saw another Triple Crown victor.
Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7 in his USA debut after arriving from England. He's a 30/1 long shot to win the Belmont.