"To win six races in such a short amount of time is an unbelievable feat".
Gronkowski took second place and Hofburg placed in third.
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.More news: Kim Jong Un Impersonator Gets Snared in Singapore Security Net
As soon as Smith lowered his hands, Justify was in a race all his own.
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.More news: US & China share heated exchange at Shangri-La Dialogue
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.More news: Nigeria World Cup kit sells out with three million pre-orders