Justify captures Triple Crown, wins Belmont

Justify captures Triple Crown, wins Belmont

Justify captures Triple Crown, wins Belmont

Since 1950, the race has been held at Belmont Park, just outside of New York City.

Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.

The throughbred's accomplishment marks the second horse to win the elusive three races in three years, as American Pharoah also took home the tile in 2015.

"It was by far his hardest race", his jockey Mike Smith said at the time.

No chance. Between his imposing size and the way his chestnut coat glistens in the sun, Justify is hard to overlook, particularly with his muscular hind legs propelling him forward. He quickly decided that in nearly 40 years as a jockey, he'd never ridden a more gifted 3-year-old.

Justify is now the 13th horse to win the greatest honor of horse-racing, and only the second since 1998.

Kenny Troutt is the primary owner of the racehorse, Justify, which is vying to win the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Both races were run on sloppy tracks.

Twelve out of the last 13 times the horse who won the Derby and Preakness lost the Belmont.

The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy will now be enshrined as racing's 13th victor of the Triple Crown, just the second undefeated colt to do so.

Bob Baffert watches the Brooklyn Invitational, a race his horse Hoppertunity won at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Justify started out hot on Saturday, taking a two-length lead over the rest of the field. Baffert had joked earlier in the week that, with luck, the jockeys who had their sights set on beating Justify might get confused by the change.

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

But just three years later, from the same barn nonetheless, the top prize in American Thoroughbred racing was again achieved in the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1).

Justify accomplished a lot in a very short time. The son of Scat Daddy had earned 100 points in the Santa Anita Derby, more than enough to advance to the Kentucky Derby.

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