TCI: Analyzing Justify's Triple Crown Triumph

Jockey Mike Smith center celebrates atop Justify and the pair teamed up to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in Elmont N.Y. Justify will get a rest before racing again

Jockey Mike Smith center celebrates atop Justify and the pair teamed up to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in Elmont N.Y. Justify will get a rest before racing again

Justify has won the Belmont Stakes to become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor and second since 2015.

Each of them received a special cover design, with Justify's edition pairing up next to a headline that he "joins the immortals".

All eyes will be on Justify at the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes as he and his jockey vie for the coveted Triple Crown.

Justify's breeding rights far outpaced those of American Pharoah, who became the first horse since 1978 to win the Trible Crown back in 2015. When you hit the finish line and you realized you had just won the Triple Crown, what was that moment like? Superior horse. I mean, he could have won every race on the undercard today.

A combination of factors can help or hurt a horse, including a poor start, bad racing luck or jockey error.

However, it is the differences between these two Belmonts that are most significant to me.

Two horses - American Pharoah and Justify - each accomplished a feat some people thought would never happen again in their lifetime by winning the sport's biggest prize ... the Triple Crown.

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Baffert came into the year with 12 Triple Crown race wins before tying James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons for second place with Justify's victory at the Kentucky Derby and then tying Lukas last month the Preakness.

"[This horse] was showing me the same signs [as American Pharoah], he showed me that same brilliance".

From early on, Baffert said it was clear that Justify was special.

The second-betting choice Saturday at +450 is Hofburg. "I wish he would have broke a little bit better". WinStar Farm president and CEO Elliott Walden and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert gave track officials a green light for the public ceremony.

Essex County Warden, Tom Bain (in red), of the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association says the industry is in jeopardy after the latest funding offer from Ontario Lottery and Gaming on 1 April 2018. He said, 'He's standing good. "This horse overcame a lot". Justify, the latest star, made Funny Cide's accomplishments seem nearly ordinary, having broken the "Apollo Curse" to become the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve without racing at age 2 since 1882.

Besides the Justify appearance and five stakes led by the Grade 1 Stephen Foster, the night also will include the presentation of engraved Kentucky Derby trophies to Justify's connections.

Because of his value as a stud, there's a chance that Justify's racing career is over, though there are still a few races he could take on later in the year.

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