Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Nine Try To Deny Justify A Triple Crown In Belmont Stakes

Nine Try To Deny Justify A Triple Crown In Belmont Stakes

Justify captured the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths Saturday to become just the 13th U.S. Triple Crown champion and second since 1978.

The three-year-old colt Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, after previously winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the three most prestigious horse racing events of the year.

Turning for home with a date with immortality awaiting him in the winner's circle, Justify bounded home with Gronkowski (Lonhro ) giving belated chase to the wire.

That mantle will rest lightly on the shoulders of Justify as he becomes only the second colt in the history of the Triple Crown to go into - and come out of - the Belmont undefeated.

When it comes to the Belmont Stakes, none have owned the race more than Eddie Arcaro. "They were going slow and (jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.) said he didn't want to make some insane move down the backside to go join him, which probably wouldn't have made any sense".

Not surprisingly, Justify is the odds-on favorite to win the Belmont at 5/9.

"It's a privilege to have a horse like this", Baffert said about Justify.

History can be made when final leg of the Triple Crown takes place on Saturday at Belmont Park in NY.

The horse's first victory at the Santa Anita Park in California a few months ago convinced Baffert that he might be training a champion. So any horse that wins all three passes a threshold of speed, strength, and just plain grit.

Justify will try to immortalize his name and join such horses as Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Citation and Secretariat when he runs in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

The Belmont Stakes has already seen a Triple Crown victor within this decade, as American Pharoah sealed the deal in 2015.

"He's sent from Heaven", Smith said. Baffert oversaw American Pharoah's Triple Crown success in 2015 and has used the same methods with Justify. "I thought maybe he's not going to break today".

"I would say our business, for sure doubles, if not triples and I think that's at any race track across the country", said Jeff Maday, the Canterbury Park media relations manager. The only other unbeaten Triple Crown victor was Seattle Slew in 1977. Owners, fans and even rival trainers stopped by to sneak a peek at the undefeated victor of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. "He'll get Justify right, and then we'll make a plan".

With the human Rob Gronkowski in attendance, the horse Gronkowski put together the most unexpected performance of the race. Gronkowski brought back $13.80 to place and $7 to show, while Hofburg paid $3.70 to show. And it was also Good Magic who took the race right to Justify right from the start before succumbing grudgingly from the effort to finish a game but tiring fourth in the Preakness.

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