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Justify expected to continue racing after Triple Crown triumph

Justify expected to continue racing after Triple Crown triumph”

Justify was never seriously challenged as he led all the way to win Saturday's Belmont Stakes, becoming the 13th victor of the Triple Crown and only the second ever to do so while still undefeated. 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.

Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths and become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years. Justify is the first Kentucky Derby victor since to follow up in the Preakness, and faces nine opponents tonight in a race where one more victory would elevate him to legendary status.

Having failed with horses three times before American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015, Baffert knows how tough it can be to get it done. The last horse to accomplish the feat was American Pharoah in 2015. The son of Scat Daddy didn't make his racing debut until February 18, didn't make his stakes debut until winning the Santa Anita Derby on April 7.

The three-year-old colt Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, after previously winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the three most prestigious horse racing events of the year.

Justify's victory moved Baffert past D. Wayne Lukas to become the winningest trainer in Triple Crown races with 15.

You can read up more on the post positions and what they mean here.

Baffert never wants to discuss his own legacy, but Justify's victory stamped him as perhaps the greatest trainer in the history of his sport.

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Several weeks later he competed in the second leg of the three-race trilogy, The Preakness, and won in dominant fashion despite heavy rain and mud slowing the field down. A famed horse trainer from the great state of Arizona, Baffert grew up in Nogales, AZ on a ranch. Justify was the first colt to win the Derby without racing as 2-year-old in 136 years.

"I knew on the first turn that it wasn't good because the way the horse was running, he was not relaxed and we still had a mile and a half to go nearly", jockey Stewart Elliott recalled recently.

Mara laughed out loud when asked what he said afterwards to trainer Bob Baffert. "He's just that kind of horse".

Baffert had fretted after Justify drew the No. 1 post, a spot he detests for his horses. There is also, of course, the risk of defeat, which takes away some of the invincibility of a Triple Crown victor.

"For him to close up that much ground off a really easy pace, it was a remarkable race that he ran". Second unbeaten Triple Crown victor, just like the great Seattle Slew in 1977. If you look at the history of the Triple Crown, there are decades where several horses win with large gaps in between.

Justify reached full speed at midstretch, and it was clear he would win the race and earn the Triple Crown.



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