Triple Crown winner Justify to parade for fans

Triple Crown winner Justify to parade for fans

Justify achieved one of the sports' toughest feats 45 years to the day that Secretariat won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths. Fitzsimmons won in 1930 with Gallant Fox and in 1935 with Omaha.

"I was just surprised on how well he handled the atmosphere at the Derby with the crowd, how he handled it at the Preakness because every time he shows up people start yelling and screaming and he just looks at them like, 'Thank you, '" Baffert said. "He's sent from heaven".

CORRECTS DAY AND DATE - Justify (1), with jockey Mike Smith up, crosses the finish line ahead of Gronkowski (6), with jockey Jose Ortiz up, to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race and the Triple Crown, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y.

"There was no pace and nobody put any pressure on (Justify) and he kind of walked the dog going around there", Mott said. "A Triple Crown victor is rare enough; an undefeated Triple Crown victor is rarer still".

With all of the odds in his favour to win, it's no wonder Bafferd and the China Horse Club 's ownership of Justify turned back to Mike Smith, whom rode him to victory in the Preakness to steer him over the course Saturday as well.

"It's just about getting the horse in a good, happy, comfortable place, wherever that may be", Smith said.

Back in NY where he dominated in the 1990s, Smith took Justify on a walk past the packed grandstand, soaking in the cheers and giving the crowd a closer look at racing's newest hero. Not only do I get to pose for a picture, but if you don't win, you don't go to the detention barn to give a urine specimen. "I knew unless he settled it wasn't going to work and he still nearly won".

Justify, with jockey Mike Smith up crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race and the Triple Crown Saturday
Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th Triple Crown winner

Smith said Baffert made his dreams come true.

Justify is taking on nine rivals, the largest number that a potential Triple Crown victor has ever faced. "They let it go too easy".

In addition to the three Triple Crown races, Justify's resume includes his maiden win, an optional claiming victory, and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, all with a combined winning margin of 23-and-three-quarter lengths. Vino Rosso, one of the few perceived threats to Justify's quest for glory, commenced his move through the far turn, and for a moment, the tension could have been cut with a razor.

The big, chestnut colt stood above the other horses with a commanding lead all the way through the homestretch Saturday in Elmont, N.Y. It was only his sixth race, and some bettors had anxious that he packed too many races into the 110 days leading up to the race, but it was no contest. "He was showing me the brilliance, superior horse".

Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor has been guided to this point by a couple of veterans: trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. Four of Justify's rivals have been resting since the Kentucky Derby a month ago: Free Drop Billy (16th), Hofburg (seventh), Noble Indy (17th) and Vino Rosso (ninth).

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