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Justify becomes 13th Triple Crown victor after Belmont victory

10 June, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Candice Daniels
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The Belmont is a 12-furlong race, and the extra one-quarter mile over the Kentucky Derby distance is why Saturday's 1.5-mile race is called "The Test of the Champion".

Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. He did so with American Pharoah in 2015, ending a 37-year drought.

NEW YORK -Justify has won the Triple Crown.

At the Belmont hanging with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Winstar Farms owner Kenny Troutt and his wife Lisa.

Gronkowski took second place and Hofburg placed in third. "There is no more deserving (jockey) than him". We're also blessed we made it back safe, this horse ran a tremendous race.

Add up the top prizes in all three Triple Crown races, and you find out that Justify's team won just under $3 million total by capturing the Triple Crown in 2018.

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This shocking run wasn't so shocking to those who watched Justify's early moves on the track at Santa Anita. He didn't compete as a 2-year-old.

The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races, predating the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby by six and eight years, respectively.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor opened at the 4-5 favorite with about an hour to go before the Belmont Stakes.

Like "Big Red", as Secretariat was lovingly called, Justify (an even bigger "Big Red", at 16.3 hands and 1,380 pounds, compared to a typical 1,100-pound thoroughbred), broke from the No. 1 post. It was a far cry from the first two waterlogged Triple Crown races. The latest that any of the first 12 thoroughbred immortals got started was September 20, the date of Seattle Slew's first race in 1976. He has not run since a seventh placing at the Kentucky Derby five weeks ago.

Oddsmakers have liked Justify for quite some time.

At age 52, jockey Mike Smith became the oldest rider to win the Triple Crown.

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