Justify wins Belmont Stakes, captures esteemed Triple Crown

Belmont Stakes 2018: The 6 horses that are the best bets to upset Justify

It was a fitting scene.

Bob Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice.

Despite a crack in one of Big Brown's hooves, the horse entered Belmont as the favorite but he failed to finish the race.

The crowd of roughly 90,000 fans and bettors streamed into Belmont Park.

Sometimes it's simple in sports.

Justify, the first to win the Triple Crown after not having raced as a 2-year-old, owned Belmont from the moment he arrived on Wednesday.

"He's sent from Heaven", Smith said. Vino Rosso made a move to get within a length of Justify but never improved. "I was going insane down the stretch". "These horses just - you buy them or whatever, a horse like this just kind of happens. There was something about him". He was so fast out of the gate that Baffert was anxious if the 4-to-5 favorite would be able to maintain it over the arduous track.

"I felt very good", Smith said. "Don't use it all at once". "He just seems a class apart in everything he's done".

He said Justify will likely race in the Traverse and the Breeders' Cup in the months ahead before likely retiring as a stallion at the end of the year.

Getty Justify's jockey, Mike Smith, is looking for his first Triple Crown. He was criticized for his closing strategy in the Preakness, making the win closer than it should've been, but history won't remember that chatter.

"I just kept a leg on each side and my mind in the middle", Smith said. "He talks about how great his crew is and then he puts an old man up there to sit still and let a good horse be a good horse". "Oh, Mike. Don't empty that tank", Baffert said.

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Indeed it did. American Pharoah was a seasoned colt who followed the typical path to his date with destiny.

Save for a news helicopter circling during training hours, the scene was as mellow as could be - three years between Triple Crown attempts will have such an effect.

"Mike is great, obviously, and Justify is probably a great horse", Mott said. James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons guided Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935. Baffert was at ease before the race.

That's not what the jockey would actually deposit into the bank, however.

"Like the song says, 'If you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere, ' " Smith said and smiled. But Smith turned it into an advantage, gunning Justify to the lead and defying any horse to challenge.

"Now I know what perfection feels like", Smith said.

"I would like to think so many wrong decisions were made because we weren't hydrated enough and didn't have the food in our body", Smith noted to the Paulick Report.

The triumvirate of the Hall of Fame jockey, the Hall of Fame trainer and the unbeaten, unflappable chestnut colt, who had looked every bit the prohibitive favorite in the days leading up to the race, draped the track in anticipation of the kind of memorable NY event that only the Yankees have provided over the past decade outside of Belmont Park. The only other unbeaten Triple Crown victor was Seattle Slew in 1977.

Won his first race on February 18 at Santa Anita Park by 9-1/2 lengths. At that point, Smith joined the team.

The drought before that lasted so long - 37 years, in fact - that many began to believe that horse racing's grand sweep would never again be accomplished.

Bill Mott, trainer of Hofburg, said he thought his colt ran well but he was disappointed Justify wasn't pressed harder for a faster pace.

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