Justify triumphs in Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown


Should Justify win the Belmont and become the 13th horse to successfully sweep the Triple Crown, it will be something to watch.

Justify roared to an imperious victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon, becoming the 13th horse to win thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown and only the second in 40 years.

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. Justify, as with American Pharoah, stabled in Louisville between legs of the Triple Crown and followed a similar training schedule as his predeccesor. He led wire to wire.

Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice.

Justify's jockey, Mike Smith, has called Belmont one of his favorite tracks and is confident that he Justify will come out on top. In other words, the team behind a Triple Crown victor simply receives the sum total of the top prizes in each race. But Good Magic got the 2-year-old Eclipse Award.

If Justify succeeds in sweeping the Triple Crown just three years after American Pharoah, it wouldn't be the first time it has happened close together. "There's no one more deserving than him".

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Restoring Hope, also trained by Baffert, ran interference for the champion while traveling second and deterring any threats by forcing them to go extremely wide.

"This horse ran a tremendous race", Smith said.

The two Todd Pletcher-trained racers, Vino Rosso (+900) and Noble Indy (+2800), will break side-by-side from gates 8 and 9 respectively.

As a general rule, jockeys get 10% of the prize money for races in which their horses win or place.

Smith climbed aboard for the next race on March 18 at a muddy Santa Anita.

Skies were sunny and the temperature in the 70s when the Belmont Stakes was run with a crowd capped at 90,000. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on sloppy tracks after heavy rain.