Undefeated Justify Completes Triple Crown Sweep in Belmont Stakes

Posted June 10, 2018

"To win six races in such a short amount of time is an unbelievable feat".

Gronkowski took second place and Hofburg placed in third.

Justify has been crowned the Triple Crown victor.

The drought before that lasted so long - 37 years, in fact - that many began to believe that horse racing's grand sweep would never again be accomplished.

And it he does that, Justify will become horse racing the second Triple Crown victor in four years.

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As soon as Smith lowered his hands, Justify was in a race all his own.

Jockey Mike Smith guided the colt to victory for trainer Bob Baffert, who also sent out American Pharoah and is just the second trainer in history to condition multiple Triple Crown winners.

Justify's jockey, Mike Smith, has called Belmont one of his favorite tracks and is confident that he Justify will come out on top.

This time out Justify will face 9 other horses trying to keep him from sweeping the Triple Crown.

Few horses have ever come so far, so fast.

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It seems only yesterday, but it was actually February 18 that Justify loudly announced his presence in roaring off to a 9 ½-length victory in his Santa Anita debut. That horse's first crop hasn't even raced yet. The next year, the classic rivalry of Affirmed and Alydar reached its peak when Affirmed inched ahead by a head to become the last Triple Crown victor until Pharoah arrived. Baffert sensed he had a "monster" on his hands the first time he breezed the colt in January.

"I think he's got to run better than he did in the Preakness but we know going in he's got the most talent", NBC horse racing analyst Randy Moss said on Friday. We're also blessed we made it back safe, this horse ran a tremendous race.

Justify's stunning rise puts him in the pantheon of great horses. He quickly decided that in nearly 40 years as a jockey, he'd never ridden a more gifted 3-year-old.

From there, he reeled off consecutive Grade I wins in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby, May 5 Kentucky Derby and May 19 Preakness S. Sales History: $500,000 yrl KEESEP '16.

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