The 37-year wait for the Triple Crown of horse racing, mercifully ended three years ago when awesome American Pharoah crossed the finish line first at the 2015 Belmont Stakes, was at the same time exasperating, demoralizing, and borderline comical. A flop at the track for that crop could negatively affect Justify's stock as well. "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".
When fans roared at him in appreciation on the way back to the winner's circle, Smith calmly point to Justify.
Bob Baffert made himself right at home at Belmont Park again.
The Hall of Fame trainer has won the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational with Hoppertunity. Once he does, jockey Mike Smith will settle Justify much like Elliott tried with Smarty Jones, a similarly speedy colt. "If he could win a graded race it would be unbelievable".
Justify's victory gives racing its second Triple Crown victor of the decade. It starts at birth with Hofburg, as he was sired by a horse (Tapit) that has produced three of the last four Belmont winners.
It didn't necessarily translate into historic payouts for wagers on the top three horses in NY, however.
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.
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The food in some ways is typically NY: pizza, wings, hot dogs and beer. "Especially in these big money situations, nobody's better". That'll be run later Saturday. The crowd has been capped at 90,000.
The horse raced to victory at the Preakness weeks later. But with the Triple Crown in tow, Gunther believes the pressure is off Justify. Owners, fans and even rival trainers stopped by to sneak a peek at the undefeated victor of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Coming so close to American Pharoah's Triple Crown win has its advantages.
Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7. He's a 30/1 long shot to win the Belmont. The football star has purchased a small interest in the colt.
The question now for Justify, who became the first horse since Seattle Slew in 1977 to win the Triple Crown with an undefeated record, is how the rest of his career might take shape.
At the Kentucky Derby, Justify made fairly easy work of a muddy, but not especially sloppy track. "The great thing about being with Bob and having him as a trainer is he knows when the horses are right". He did so in 2015 with American Pharoah, a colt that ended a 37-year drought.
Before the race, bettors gave Justify a 3-5 chance of winning, a clear favorite. He didn't compete as a 2-year-old.
Restoring Hope, also trained by Baffert, ran interference for the champion while traveling second and deterring any threats by forcing them to go extremely wide. Post time is 6:46 p.m. ET.