‘Justify’ Finishes First in Belmont Stakes

Florence Fletcher
June 10, 2018

He's re-writing the history books. 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.

The Belmont Stakes is the last of the Triple Crown races, after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Bravazo will go to the Belmont where Justify will have plenty of familiar challenges - and a fresh ones - standing in the way of becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown.

Baffert became just the second trainer to win two Triple Crowns, following James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, who won all three races with the father-son pair of Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935).

Smith said Baffert made his dreams come true. In short, it has all the makings of a great horse movie.

Justify has won the Belmont Stakes in NY to become the 13th horse to claim United States thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

Justify snapped an century-old streak back at the 2018 Kentucky Derby by coming the first horse since 1882 to win said race with racing as a 2-year-old, a common age for horses to begin their racing career.

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"I think all of NY should give him a cheer".

In addition to glory and a spot in horse racing history, Justify's ownerw will receive quite a lot of cash: Roughly $1.5 million in prize money will be handed out to the top finishers. The 24-1 longshot Gronkowski got up for second, while Hofurg and Vino Rosso completed the superfecta. Justify was the Belmont's wire-to-wire leader, jumping to a lead out of the gate and never relinquishing it.

It was the first of five mounts Smith had on the 13-race card. The biggest threat to Justify's chances in the 10-horse field is Hofburg, who has 9/2 odds. That horse's name: Gronkowski.

As impressed as people were by Justify's win, even more people had sports jokes ready.

This shocking run wasn't so shocking to those who watched Justify's early moves on the track at Santa Anita.

Gronkowski finished second in the 1 1/2 mile race. "When i asked him, he dug in". Why can't one of these thoroughbreds just win three athletic competitions in a row? Baffert also took sole possession of the record for the most victories in Triple Crown races with his 15.

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