Justify wins Triple Crown
Justify defied all odds as the colt won the 150th Belmont Stakes by one length and three quarters. The win made Justice the 13th Triple Crown Winner. American Pharaoh had won the Triple Crown in 2015, ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought.
Justify becomes the second undefeated triple cup winner, with Seattle Slew being the first. Justify finished the mile and a half in just 2 minutes and 28 seconds. Gronkowski finished second whereasHofburg was third. A crowd of 90,000 looked exuberant and they weren’t disappointed. Justify’s trainer Bob Baffert said that that there is something about great ones and he was pretty sure Justify was one of them.
Justify to race again
After the chestnut colt’s fantastic result at Belmont Stakes, owners of Justify have claimed that the latest Triple Crown winner will have a richly deserved break. The owners added that Justify will race again this year.The colt came out of Belmont Stakes in spectacular condition despite having a compressed schedule in which he won six races in 111 days. Justify made his debut on Feb. 18. The owners claimed that their main aim was to take one race at a time and now that Justify has won the Triple crown, they simply want to stop and take a look at the condition of the horse. Justify will return to Churchill Downs in Ky later this week.
Justify’s owners, jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert are set to receive engraved Kentucky Derby Trophies this weekend, while there is a possibility that Justify will be paraded on the track much like American Pharaoh after this win on 2015.
Mike Smith shines at 52
Mike Smith finally finally got his due on Saturday as he was the jockey who steered chestnut colt Justify victorying at the 150th Belmont Stakes, helping him become the 13th horse to be a Triple Crown winner.His Hall of Fame career has seen many ups and downs. However, Smith never let broken bones or wrinkles around his eyes come in the way of his sense of humour or love for animals. Smith had the ride of his life at the age of 52. He kissed the trophy and shared a quiet moment with the chestnut colt.
Smith has probably ridden greater horses than any of his peers with the likes of Holy Bull, Zenyata, Arrogate to name a few. He can now boast of Justify as well. The 52-year said that Justify was the greatest horse in the world on being asked who his favorite was.