Justify’s Triple Crown Victory Makes Racing History

The win made Justify the most valuable horse in racing history as his breeding rights were purchased for a whopping $75million

The win made Justify the most valuable horse in racing history as his breeding rights were purchased for a whopping $75million

With the win, Justify improved to 6-0 in a career that began in February, making him the first Triple Crown victor not to race as a 2-year-old.

"But they all ran well, but that's all you can ask for, that your horses do well, but they still have to show up".

When Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, it was commonplace for Triple Crown champions to keep running, even as 4-year-olds.

Jimmy Barnes, the assistant trainer in Bob Baffert's racing opeation, was in the spotlight Monday at Churchill Downs, but purely for the company he was keeping.

Because of his value as a stud, there's a chance that Justify's racing career is over, though there are still a few races he could take on later in the year.

Justify, the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown, is partially owned by a company controlled by the top employees of Jewish investor George Soros.

"Everybody thinks I'm so opposed to Saratoga", he said.

Seattle Slew, the only other horse now mentioned in the same breath as Justify, retains the distinction of being the lone 2-year-old champion to go undefeated through the Triple Crown, an achievement of extraordinary scope.

"Justify is a super horse".

A 37-1 longshot, Restoring Hope held the inside edge in second place for much of the race before eventually falling back to eighth.

The victor of the race is given a blanket made of between 300-400 white carnations, the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Stakes Day card, highlighted by Justify's Triple Crown triumph, generated all-sources handle of $137,954,895, the second-highest one-day handle in NYRA history behind Belmont Stakes Day in 2014.

To that end, Repole was not happy with his own jockey, Javier Castellanos, who was aboard Noble Indy and was expected to push to the lead, possibly wearing down Justify for a late run by Vino Rosso.

Walden (speaking to Baffert): "What did you tell Mike?"

After landing at Louisville International Airport, Justify was loaded onto a van for a three-mile police escort to the backstretch of Churchill Downs.

Jockey Florent Geroux (center in pink silks) is seen leaving the gate at the Belmont Stakes, with victor Justify on the far left.

Justify was purchased as a yearling for $500,000 and debuted less than four months ago on February 18, going on to win all five races he started.

"[Repole] wanted me to be on the lead, but I didn't have enough speed to get to the lead", Castellano told the Daily Racing Form.