He had trained American Pharoah in 2015, when that horse broke a 37-year dry spell to become the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes since Affirmed had accomplished the feat in 1978. Once again in extremely rough and rainy conditions in Baltimore, MD, Justify would make a great break to obtain the early lead, and held on for the close victory!
"I can't believe I'm here in NY winning it again".
Justify achieved immortality Saturday when he won the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY, just the 13th horse to clinch the American Triple Crown.
People in racing with knowledge of the deal said it included a bonus of about $25 million were Justify to win the Triple Crown, which he then went on to do, and that it also allowed the multiple owners to retain some shares in the horse when he begins his career as a sire (a provision that also has benefited Zayat to the tune of millions of dollars). Indeed, he joined "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons as the only trainers in history to capture two Triple Crowns. This means that Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935) were all retroactively added to the list.
"I'll never forget it", Baffert said. His most famous series of wins coming in 2015 with American Pharaoh.
But Baffert also called Justify one of the all-time greats.
Running from the rail post and facing horses who are better rested could derail Justify's bid for horse racing's Triple Crown. Smith has seven Triple Crown race victories to his credit.More news: A reminder of celebrities' distance from us
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Smith, who ran in the No. 1 post for the first time in his career at Belmont, chuckled at Espinoza's comment, noting that he has to say that about his horse. He's so gifted, " said Smith, who looked to the sky to celebrate after his ride.
"I just couldn't keep it inside of me", Smith told CBN News. I'm really proud of the way of the way he ran on dirt with so many things going against him.
Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Justify went to the lead out of the starting gate and led nine rivals around the track's sweeping turns on Saturday.
Walden, who hadn't had a horse with Baffert before, was asked why he made a decision to give him Justify.
"To do what he did in such a short time is incredible", Smith said of Justify.
One owner believes that there was something suspicious about how the race was handled by Restoring Hope, a stablemate of Justify's, with both horses trained by Bob Baffert.
Smith got the big colt into a relaxed rhythm under a moderate pace heading into the backstretch, and he had an easy trip from there.
Gronkowski is named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Justify pulled away from the pack for good down the stretch in front of a packed grandstand of screaming fans. "In the modern day we don't get in a rush with these horses", Baffert told USA Today days before the Derby. They were going slow and he said [jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.] didn't want to make some insane move down the backside to go join him, which probably wouldn't have made any sense.