Justify's owners neither confirmed nor denied those reports.
Weeks later, we would witness yet another remarkable race. He followed it up with a half-length win in the slop in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness on May 19.
Justify is on a winning streak. After a handful of agonizing Triple Crown misses, he broke through with Pharoah, solidifying his legacy.
Justify became the 13th thoroughbred to win horse racing's Triple Crown.
After the horse won its first two races, he knew Justify was an fantastic raw talent, capable of history.
Hall of Fame jockey Smith - the oldest rider to win the Triple Crown - said: "This horse is so gifted".
"Everybody keeps waiting for him to get beat", Baffert had said before the race.
The Belmont Stakes has already seen a Triple Crown victor within this decade, as American Pharoah sealed the deal in 2015. "And if he's anywhere close as good as Justify that would be a great accomplishment as well".
"His mechanics, his motion, just the way he did it. ..."
Just 12 horses have swept the Triple Crown, one of the rarest feats in sports. "He looks no different than the way American Pharoah did coming in here".
Blended Citizen won his first race on dirt back on May 12 at the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park, which came in his 10th career start.
However, Baffert has seen similarities in his stride, his growth and his potential. Baffert said he was taken aback by the reaction of the other horses in the barn when Justify entered the building, so to speak.
"I get asked a lot how we move our horses around and why we give horses to certain trainers, " he said. "And this horse is getting there".
"The raw talent is there, " trainer Bob Baffert said.
"They both could win the Breeders' Cup Sprint and the Breeders' Cup Classic". Horses whose pedigrees are based on speed rather than stamina are unlikely to run their best, never mind improve, going 1 ½ miles. Justify became the first colt in 136 years to win the Derby after not racing as a 2-year-old. Mara said of Smith. I mean, this is only the 13th time in history it's ever been done.
The biggest concern as Justify lined by for his try at history was his inside post position. "So far he hasn't gotten overheated or get too anxious about things". What are the Triple Crown races? "There can't be anything greater for the sport". "He's in his 50s acting like he's in his 20s".
While he admits, he's older than most, Smith said he takes his job seriously.
"I'm really proud of my horse". Gunther's daughter Tanya selected Justify's sire, Scat Daddy. Scat Daddy, who ran for trainer Todd Pletcher, died at age 11 in 2015. He became the first thoroughbred to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old since 1882, aka the Chester Arthur administration.