Justify bags Triple Crown win in Belmont Stakes

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The 52-year-old jockey who was born in Roswell, grew up in Dexter and has been dominating big races in recent years put an exclamation point on his illustrious career Saturday, guiding Justify to the Triple Crown with a victory in the Belmont Stakes.

The 3-year-old colt is a 4/5 favorite to win, according to Las Vegas odds, after impressive victories leading up to the event.

Jockey Jose Ortiz rode the rail through the final turn of the 1 1/2-mile test, angled out, and loomed behind Justify, ready to break plenty of hearts. I wanted to see that horse's name up there, because we knew he was brilliant from day one.

"That whole Triple Crown thing".

"Our focus was on each race as they came up", Elliot Walden of WinStar Farm said after Justify's Triple Crown Banner was unveiled Sunday.

Justify, jockeyed by Mike Smith, became a sensation because of his impressive size, his calm and dominating presence, and his ability to overcome inexperience.

There was some show of competition from the other horses.

Even so, Justify enjoyed a dry track on Saturday and led the race from start to finish. "But if you win the Triple Crown you become a legend and that is what he is now".

Justify was sired by Champagne Stakes and Florida Derby champion Scat Daddy and was born at Glenwood Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. It had previously won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, which together make up horse racing's most sought-after title.

"This horse ran a tremendous race, he's so gifted", Smith said. A flop at the track might make Coolmore, whose USA business Ashford Stud also has American Pharoah's breeding rights, more cool on a Triple Crown winner's stock.

Gunther guesses Justify's next race will be $1.25-million Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 25 at Saratoga, with an eventual appearance at the Breeder's Cup.

Three years later, a strapping chestnut colt named Justify, with a white blaze, a sweeping stride and an unblemished record, came back to the site where American Pharoah had vanquished horse racing's ghosts - with the same trainer, but his own shot at making history. Two weeks later, he survived a challenge in the fog-shrouded Preakness, winning by a half-length, again in the slop to set up a Triple Crown try. Mara said. "Amazing. Just hope Eli Manning can do the same thing at 37". Some have mistakenly moved too early and gotten burned out before the long stretch run.

Coolmore will reportedly breed Justify primarily in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, where he could breed at least 250 times in his first year.

Field was trackside for the final leg of the Triple Crown in NY as Justify continued the incredible partnership of WinStar, the China Horse Club and SF Bloodstock, which started in Australia.

The white mane of Justify trainer Bob Baffert, horse whisperer to the stars, is now known the world over. "He could've won every race on the undercard today".

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