Lucky 13th Triple Crown had by Baffert's Justify

Lucky 13th Triple Crown had by Baffert's Justify

Lucky 13th Triple Crown had by Baffert's Justify

Justify's Triple Crown is an incredible accomplishment for Baffert, who also trained American Pharoah - the 2015 Triple Crown victor.

After racing in WinStar Farm colors in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Justify bore the red and yellow of China Horse Club on Saturday.

The question now for Justify, who became the first horse since Seattle Slew in 1977 to win the Triple Crown with an undefeated record, is how the rest of his career might take shape.

Justify will attempt to join previous Triple Crown winners later this evening when he runs in the 2018 Belmont Stakes.

Justify began his racing career on February 18, a scant 77 days before the Derby.

The fashion scene at the Belmont Stakes is as diverse as NY itself.

The muscular horse is 1,268 pounds, more than 100 pounds more than American Pharoah, the Baffert-trained horse that won the Triple Crown in 2015, and stands at 16.3 hands high, slightly taller than American Pharoah. In 2017, Gulfstream Park in South Florida established the Pegasus World Cup, a race where up to 12 people can put up $1 million to reserve a spot in the gate, then either enter a horse in the race or make an arrangement to sell or lease their spot to another owner.

For trainer Bob Baffert, this is his second Triple Crown victory overall, and second in the past four years.

The big chestnut colt burst onto the national scene with a victory in the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor opened at the 4-5 favorite with about an hour to go before the Belmont Stakes. A talented but inexperienced colt, Hofburg finished second to Audible in the Florida Derby on March 31, which was his stakes debut. The 7-year-old bay horse won by 2 1/4 lengths and paid $9.10 to win - a generous price on a Baffert trainee.

All that remained was to prove that he had the toughness and resolve to conquer the longest, most grueling leg of the Triple Crown.

Justify made history on Saturday by winning the Triple Crown, which reportedly increased the value of his breeding rights, according to ESPN. Instead of thanking the horse's owner and the trainer, the very first thing he told NBC while being interviewed on horseback following the race, "First of all, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ".

The way things went this year, don't be surprised to see Smith riding a good one in next year's Triple Crown races.

Baffert will saddle a second horse: 30-1 shot Restoring Hope. "I think I see a lot of resemblance in these two, the way they move". There's no more deserving than him. Four of Justify's rivals have been resting since the Kentucky Derby a month ago: Free Drop Billy (16th), Hofburg (seventh), Noble Indy (17th) and Vino Rosso (ninth). Justify has now raced six times in 112 days, and has come out the other side of the Triple Crown unscathed.

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