Justify 4/5 favorite to win Belmont, complete triple crown

Belmont Stakes live stream: How to watch Justify go for the Triple Crown without a TV

But winning the Belmont Stakes is even harder than it looks - and the NY track presented the most challenging race of the three, Nick Zito, an experienced trainer with Derby, Preakness and Belmont wins under his belt, told TIME before Saturday's big win for Justify.

That's Bob Baffert's enduring legacy after guiding Justify to the 13th Triple Crown title in American horse-racing history on Saturday at the Belmont Stakes just three years after leading American Pharoah to the same result and breaking a 37-year Triple Crown drought.

Teo ah-King's China Horse Club is one of the owners of Justify, along with WinStar Farm and SF Racing and the Prime Minister is clearly hopeful that the success the China Horse Club has enjoyed with Justify will be transferred over to DSH.

Following the Belmont Stakes race, some began to accuse another one of Baffert's horses, Restoring Hope, as assisting Justify and jockey Mike Smith by blocking other horses in the race. "They're going to see Justify win the Belmont and win the Triple Crown".

Still, ahead of the race, Justify's rivals were already conceding it will take a minor miracle to stop him winning the most coveted prize in horse racing.

Justify wins Kentucky Derby 144 under Mike Smith in the pouring rain, 5/5/18.

That said, Justify is now worth more as a healthy stud than he could ever make on the track, so don't be surprised if his racing career has come to an end.

Justify won the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths and the Preakness by a half-length on sloppy tracks, putting him in position to deliver a second Triple Crown in four years to the struggling sport.

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

The 24-1 long-shot Gronkowski battled from the back of the pack to cross the line second, nearly two lengths behind Justify, while the 5-1 Hofburg finished third amid overcast but dry conditions. He's the only horse with experience racing at Belmont Park, having won the Peter Pan there on May 12.

When fans roared at him in appreciation on the way back to the winner's circle, Smith calmly pointed to Justify.

From early on, Baffert said it was clear that Justify was special. Smith faced the pressure of helping Justify take that final step to become the sport's 13th Triple Crown victor.

After waiting almost four decades for a Triple Crown victor, lightning has apparently struck twice in a four-year span. "He's a gift from heaven".

While Justify has a strong pedigree of his own, "you can't say he's Secretariat-safe", Zito said.

There were mild bids turning for home. Justify pulled away down the 1,097-yard stretch in front of a grandstand packed with screaming fans with only 24-1 shot Gronkowski picking up the chase down the lane. Superior horse. I mean, he could have won every race on the undercard today.

The horse named for a certain tight end competed in Belmont Stakes this weekend, and he wasn't the only wasn't the only Gronk in NY.

Hofburg paid $3.70 to show. 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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