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

Justify- Justify with jockey Mike Smith aboard wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes Justify with jockey Mike Smith aboard wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes Credit Mike Segar Reuters
Cassandra Castillo | 13 June, 2018, 16:59

Mara, a member of Starlight Racing, stood in the winner's circle after Justify became only the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown, having beat the field on Saturday night at the 150th running of The Belmont Stakes.

The Bob Baffert-trained horse followed his Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins in NY on Saturday. Drawn in the unfavorable first post, Justify burst from the gate under jockey Mike Smith and never trailed in the 1 1/2 mile race dubbed the "Test of the Champion".

That mantle will rest lightly on the shoulders of Justify as he becomes only the second colt in the history of the Triple Crown to go into - and come out of - the Belmont undefeated.

Chad Brown-trained Gronkowski finishes second in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

The Belmont Stakes is known for a lot of things, from being the crowning glory of a grueling five-week race series to a crushing spoiler for runners and their connections attempting to earn racing immortality with a Triple Crown. "He's got such a natural high cruising speed and he can just kind of keep on going". It was one of the biggest highlights of the race's 150-years.

From early on, Baffert said it was clear that Justify was special.

Field was trackside for the final leg of the Triple Crown in NY as Justify continued the incredible partnership of WinStar, the China Horse Club and SF Bloodstock, which started in Australia.

There were mild bids turning for home. Real Quiet came up and pulled away from Victory, but the horse wasn't going to let it go away without a fight.

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The only horse in the 10-horse Belmont race that ran in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness other than Justify is Bravazo.

Ridden by two-times Belmont Stakes winning jockey Mike Smith, Justify has drawn the inside barrier. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. "When the half-brother was foaled, he was lying in the stall and his legs were so long that I said to Tanya, 'Well, here's one we can't sell'".

Justify has won the Triple Crown.

JUSTIFY (c, 3, Scat Daddy-Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper) put an exclamation point on his meteoric rise to the top of the game with a wire-to-wire victory in the GI Belmont S., becoming the 13th victor of horse racing's Triple Crown. "I mean, they're a good combination and they got the job done".

"It was a steep learning curve for me personally when we started buying horse in the U.S. market because it was all new to us", said Wallace from the Belmont track.

"I can't believe I'm here in NY winning it again". There's no more deserving than him.

Hofburg paid $3.70 to show. It's rare to find a horse in this day and age that makes 6 starts in four months, period, let alone win them all.

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