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Justify Wins the Triple Crown

10 June 2018

A crowd capped at 90,000 spectators roared its approval as the imposing chestnut colt prevailed for the sixth time in less than four months in a whirlwind campaign that allowed him to join Seattle Slew as the only undefeated Triple Crown winners.

After his victories at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Justify now enjoys 4-5 odds, so to win any real money betting on him, you'll have to wager quite a bit.

American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015.

Jockey Mike Smith guided the colt to victory for trainer Bob Baffert, who also sent out American Pharoah and is just the second trainer in history to condition multiple Triple Crown winners.

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Gronkowski, named for the National Football League player, finished second, having been last for much of the race.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. Seventy-six days later, he won the Kentucky Derby, the first horse to do so without having run as a 2-year-old since Apollo in 1882.

Justify began his racing career on February 18, a scant 77 days before the Kentucky Derby.

Smith, with two previous Belmont Stakes victories to his credit, had him out front the entire time, keeping his silks clear as the rest of the field got caked in dirt.

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His human handlers also made history. Majority he has already beaten, in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness, but there are a few new faces. Would Justify fall victim to the fatigue and bad luck that had marked 13 failed Triple Crown bids between 1978 and 2015? He didn't compete as a 2-year-old. So, Justify's jockey, Mike Smith, would gross $80,000.

Vino Rosso finished fourth, followed by Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen, and Noble Indy. His shot at becoming the 13 Triple Crown victor came just 111 days into his career.

"It never gets old", Baffert said, adding, "American Pharoah, he'll always be my first love". At the inaugural Belmont Stakes, which took place in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack in New York City, the owner of the winning horse took home a prize of $1,850 and an English riding saddle.

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Justify Wins the Triple Crown