Losing Owner Ignites a Triple Crown Brouhaha

Justify right ridden Mike Smith leads the field at the end of the backstretch during the Belmont Stakes horse race

Losing Owner Ignites a Triple Crown Brouhaha

Trainer Bob Baffert has now won two Triple Crowns in four years.

Prior to his victory, the thoroughbred had a spotless 5-0 record in his brief career and had won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, earning him the coveted Triple Crown.

Rosie Napravnik, in 2013, became the first female jockey to ride in all three Triple Crown races. In fact, the only reason Justify might keep racing is because stallion season in Kentucky doesn't start until next February.

Such actions, if true, can be camouflaged by the helter-skelter run for position into the quick first turn of a one-circuit race like the Belmont.

The chestnut colt burst onto the national scene with a 2½-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby.

May 19, 2018 - Justify, ridden by Mike Smith, wins the 143rd Preakness. Justify accomplished a lot in a very short time.

Without any complaints from trainers or jockeys, the Belmont Stakes controversy appears to be blowing over.

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

Baffert took American Pharoah to Saratoga in August 2015 and the Triple Crown victor was upset by Keen Ice in the Travers. James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons guided Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.

"Today, he looked fantastic", Baffert said. "American Pharoah, he'll always be my first love".

A horse must win all three races to achieve the Triple Crown.

"Justify is an undefeated Triple Crown victor, which is an fantastic accomplishment". The last time there were two Triple Crown champions in the same decade was the 1970s, which produced Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed.

Forbes has estimated that once retired, Justify could demand an initial $100,000 stud fee - giving him a $60 million value based exclusively on breeding fees if he were to cover 150 mares per breeding season for four years.

"There's been tremendous buzz", spokesman Darren Rogers said. "He's so gifted. He's sent from heaven". I tell you, it's just unbelievable. How far can I go - 10 wide - and try to go to the lead? But Pharoah was upset in that race in 2015.

Bred by John D. Gunther, Justify was consigned by Gunther's Glennwood Farm, agent, to the 2016 September Sale, where he sold for $500,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing.

'If my horse would have broke on top, I would have been on the lead and Justify laying second. "I would have thought Baffert would have wanted Restoring Hope nowhere close to the pace". "I made an effort, but I got to the point where I had to give up".

Justify, who cross the finish 1¾ lengths in front of 24-1 longshot and Keeneland sales graduate Gronkowski, is the 20 Belmont victor produced by Keeneland sales.

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