Justify Makes History for Bob Baffert

Justify right ridden Mike Smith leads the field at the end of the backstretch during the Belmont Stakes horse race

Justify right ridden Mike Smith leads the field at the end of the backstretch during the Belmont Stakes horse race

China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners' undefeated Justify, who sold at Keeneland's 2016 September Yearling Sale for $500,000, became Thoroughbred racing's 13 Triple Crown victor when he scored a front-running victory in Saturday's 150 running of the $1.5 million Belmont Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) at Belmont Park.

While admiring Justify, who led wire-to-wire to become the 13th Triple Crown victor, Repole compared the 37-1 Restoring Hope's tactics to a football play.

While saying Justify was the deserving victor, Repole told reporter Tom Pedula he felt like Restoring Hope, a 37-1 shot, ran interference for Justify against other horses in the race. My horse broke a step slow and Justify was already in front of me'.

But Justify, like all the great thoroughbreds, found "another gear", Baffert said.

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Baffert can expect to hear from officials at several tracks eager to lure racing's newest superstar, much like he did with American Pharaoh.

The eighth-place finisher cut back and forth during the race, cutting off Noble Indy and altering the positions of several other horses while never really challenging Justify for the lead.

Baffert, who trained both Restoring Hope and Justified, and Geroux both denied the allegation of collusion, saying that Restoring Hope simply couldn't be restrained.

In regards to when and where the colt will perform next, only time-and an expertly crafted plan from the now two-time Triple Crown trainer Bob Baffert-will tell. "I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", West told the New York Post in an email.

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'Justify's a freak, super horse, undefeated, fantastic what he's done, ' Repole told DFR.

"It baffled me", Repole told the Daily Racing Form, according to ESPN. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice.

The Triple Crown victor arrived at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Monday for rest and relaxation. "But I said, I don't know, three is a good number". Justify is the 13 Triple Crown victor, and only the second to win the all three American Classics - Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes - in the past 40 years (American Pharoah, 2015). "He could have won every race on the undercard today".

The Belmont Stakes Day card generated an all-sources handle of $137,954,895 - the second-highest in one day New York Racing Association History behind Belmont Stakes Day in 2014.

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