Justify Returns To Churchill Downs, Could Parade On Stephen Foster Night
Jun 14 2018
After becoming the second Triple Crown victor in the past four years, Justify's breeding rights skyrocketed to a record $75 million, with the horse expected to breed as much as 250 times a year.
"But they all ran well, but that's all you can ask for, that your horses do well, but they still have to show up". Seattle Slew was unbeaten when he won the Triple Crown in 1977. "I would have thought Baffert would have wanted Restoring Hope nowhere close to the pace".
Per ESPN, Coolmore will breed Justify in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, which could mean more than 250 times in his first year.
Repole did tell The Post he considers Justify a "super horse", regardless of his questions about the Belmont.
The 4-5 favorite handled the 1.5-mile distance easily, and though runner-up Gronkowski was less than 2 lengths back, Justify never looked in danger of losing.
The victor of the race is given a blanket made of between 300-400 white carnations, the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes.
"This ran a tremendous race".
Baffert fell short the first three times he brought a horse to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown - with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002).
From the first turn through the back stretch, Restoring Hope hung right off Justify, pinning Bravazo to the rail, whose late charge in the shorter Preakness Stakes almost overtook Justify in that race.
Completing the order of finish after Vino Rosso were Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy. Sure, fans would love to see him run in the Travers, especially after Belmont runner-up Gronkowski learns to break, and in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, where Justify could take a dramatic Derby curtain call.
"I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", he said in an email response to a request for an interview. "He's become a household name and I'm looking forward to his next race as much as [everyone else]".
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.