Justify and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith captured the Triple Crown after successfully winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Bob Baffert, Justify's trainer, joins "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons as the only trainers to win the Triple Crown twice. He previously won in 2015 with American Pharoah, the colt that ended a 37-year drought.
The last time there was a Triple Crown coronation, President Barack Obama was still in office, Princess Charlotte was a month old and the long-suffering Chicago Cubs had not won a World Series since 1908.
The full order of finish is as follows: Justify, Gronkowski, Hofburg, Vino Rosso, Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen, Noble Indy. Baffert declared that he had a plan that would allow the promising 3-year-old to overcome what seemed to be a hopelessly late start and still qualify for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby.
Of course, the race that Baffert and Smith really want to win is the Belmont Stakes.
Justify's run in the Kentucky Derby was convincing enough to scare off a few opposing owners and trainers from the Preakness. The 4-year-old filly cruised to a 7½-length victory while snapping a three-race skid.
The 52-year-old jockey knows the sprawling track and its sweeping turns well, having been the leading rider in NY from 1991 to '92.m.
The race will mark the 150th running of the Belmont. The crowd was capped at 90,000.
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It seems only yesterday, but it was actually February 18 that Justify loudly announced his presence in roaring off to a 9 ½-length victory in his Santa Anita debut.
Oddsmakers have liked Justify for quite some time.