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Justify wins US Triple Crown

10 June, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Ahmed Zayat hoists the Belmont Stakes trophy after American Pharoah's 2015 Triple Crown win

The Preakness and Kentucky Derby victor became thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown with a front-running victory in the Belmont Stakes. "As a result, we were contacted in following years by the owners of either horses that had a story to tell or horses that had won the Kentucky Derby and had merchandising opportunities presented to them", Doctrow told the CPBJ. Bad baseball teams do that all the time.

In winning the Kentucky Derby, Justify had lifted the so-called "curse of Apollo" in becoming the first horse since 1882 to win without having run as a two-year-old. But sports fans aren't famous for rational reactions.

The historic win makes Justify the 13th Triple Crown champion and the first to claim the title since American Pharoah in 2015. He inspired favorable comparisons to American Pharoah.

American Pharoah was the last horse to win all three races in 2015. As he headed down the Belmont stretch, victory in sight, he didn't carry the same weight.

Justify accomplished a lot in a very short time.




Racing on the lead throughout, Winstar, China Horse Club, Starlight and Head of Plains Partners' Justify completed the Belmont's grueling 1 1/2 miles over a fast track in 2:28.18. Besides Bravazo, the only other Preakness horse to take on Justify again is Tenfold. Apollo (1882) had been the only other Derby victor that did not compete at 2. Majority he has already beaten, in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness, but there are a few new faces.

But Justify found his own path. Over a decade later, Smith is one win away from a Triple Crown thanks to Baffert's belief in the jockey. Justify has the same trainer, Bob Baffert.

An impressive feat for Baffert, racing's affable, most marketable two-legged star, for sure.

Justify battled nine rivals, the largest number that a potential Triple Crown victor has ever faced.

A crowd capped at 90,000 spectators roared its approval as the imposing chestnut colt prevailed for the sixth time in less than four months in a whirlwind campaign that allowed him to join Seattle Slew as the only undefeated Triple Crown winners.

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