Triple Crown victor Justify

Triple Crown victor Justify

Triple Crown victor Justify

Save for a news helicopter circling during training hours, the scene was as mellow as could be - three years between Triple Crown attempts will have such an effect. Prior to American Pharoah's triumph, the drought between Triple Crown winners had been on unprecedented 37 years, when Affirmed bested Alydar in all three Triple Crown races in 1978.

Triple Crown victor Justify led all the way at Saturday's Belmont Stakes, but controversy arose Sunday after some raised questions about the role of another horse in the victory.

Mara also took a quick jab at the New England Patriots by way of the horse Gronkowski, who took second place behind Justify.

Justify ran a strong race about 90 percent of the way, but dragged some down the final stretch.

It's been baked dry by sunny skies and 80-degree weather.

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

Two Triple Crown horses in four years.

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Vino Rosso won his first two career starts late previous year in impressive fashion before contesting two Kentucky Derby prep stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The next best choices were 6-1 odds shared by Bravazo and Hofburg.

Especially considering another Stage Magic offspring, The Lieutenant, won a Grade III race last month, giving the mare two recent graded states winners.

Wearing a white blanket advertising his status as the sport's 13th Triple Crown victor, Justify walked laps inside the barn before coming outside to greet a slew of cameras.

Bob Baffert made himself right at home at Belmont Park again.

The Hall of Fame trainer has won the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational with Hoppertunity.

Smith, at 52, became the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown and gave Baffert a record 15 wins in Triple Crown races.

Earlier, Baffert and jockey Mike Smith teamed to win the $750,000 Ogden Phipps with Abel Tasman. It amounts to a race once every 23.5 days on average. It starts at birth with Hofburg, as he was sired by a horse (Tapit) that has produced three of the last four Belmont winners.

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

It ranged from fans in T-shirts and shorts to men in suits and women in dresses and an assortment of hats.

The dark bay colt named after the football star was summarily discounted in the June 9 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1). But with the Triple Crown in tow, Gunther believes the pressure is off Justify.

He is owned by China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm and was sired by Scat Daddy, who won the Champagne Stakes and the Florida Derby.

The food in some ways is typically NY: pizza, wings, hot dogs and beer.

The pressure was intense and "Big Money Mike" reacted like a veteran.

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