While nobody's denying that this is a special horse, and the feat he accomplished was incredible, I do believe that many underestimate how incredible.
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. A flop at the track might make Coolmore, whose USA business Ashford Stud also has American Pharoah's breeding rights, more cool on a Triple Crown winner's stock.
Smith said Justify was so calm in the gate that he was anxious he might not break. Justify is also running on the inside post, where no horse has won the Belmont since 1997. It's the pinnacle of a career that has seen him win more than 5,400 races, including a record 26 in the Breeders' Cup, and now seven Triple Crown races.
The chestnut colt is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and was ridden to victory by veteran jockey Mike Smith.
Vino Rosso won his first two career starts late previous year in impressive fashion before contesting two Kentucky Derby prep stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Justify led for the entire race and completed the mile and a half in an unofficial time of 2 minutes 28.18 seconds.
"Smith said that when he's mounted on his horse, he follows God just as he normally would".
The weather in the NY area on Saturday is expected to be on the warmer side, with highs in the upper 70s. We saw another Triple Crown victor.
The B.C-based breeder of Triple Crown victor Justify says he and his family are honoured to be a part of history.
Baffert told NBC Sports: "It's just wonderful".
The way things went this year, don't be surprised to see Smith riding a good one in next year's Triple Crown races. He made a strong and sudden move along the inside while picking up horses rapidly on the second turn, got within easy striking distance of the leader nearing midstretch, but could not sustain the bid while racing a bit greenly and failing to change leads until deep stretch. But he shot out with a fury, took a 11/2-length lead at the quarter pole and never let a challenger get closer than that.
Smith told reporters, "I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing us on this afternoon, and blessing us with this fantastic horse".
Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by the New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7. Four of Justify's rivals have been resting since the Kentucky Derby a month ago: Free Drop Billy (16th), Hofburg (seventh), Noble Indy (17th) and Vino Rosso (ninth). Restoring Hope spent much of the race just behind the eventual victor and to his outside, though never passed him.
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