Justify’s Triple Crown Victory Makes Racing History

Justify and jockey Mike Smith led the pack at the Saturday Belmont Stakes race in New York

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. West fumed over Geroux's ride when asked for comment by the New York Post. "It's a race I would love to win, and it looks like it would suit this horse". "He's so gifted; he was sent from heaven. Who would've thought we'd see another Triple Crown?".

At 52, Mike Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. "[This horse] was showing me the same signs [as American Pharoah], he showed me that same brilliance". "He's now become a household name and I'm looking forward to his next race as much as you guys are", he said. "He's just that kind of horse".

While Justify and Restoring Hope are stablemates and have the same the trainer, they have different ownership groups which makes this apparent strategy even more questionable. Justify pulled away down the 1,097-yard stretch in front of a grandstand packed with screaming fans with only 24-1 shot Gronkowski picking up the chase down the lane. And, not for nothing, Seattle Slew raced six times and won six times in the 95 days between his 3-year-old debut in March and his triumph in the Belmont Stakes.

Mike Repole, the co-owner of Vino Rosso and Noble Indy - who finished fourth and last respectively - took exception to the actions of Restoring Hope jockey Florent Geroux Saturday. His rare sweep included a 2 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and a hard-fought half-length win in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

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Though the possibility is exceedingly remote, Justify's historic Triple Crown could in theory be vacated if stewards found that Restoring Hope broke racing rules in a way that prevented another horse beating Justify.

But, the race is best summed up by a pre-race conversation between Elliot Walden of WinStar Farms (one of the partners in Justify along with China Horse Club, Head of the Plains Partners and Starlight Racing) and Bob Baffert. He said, "He'll probably just be taking it easy". "The thing about him I can not believe [is] the way he walked in the paddock yesterday".

A representative for the New York Gaming Commission told the Daily Racing Form there is no plan to speak to Geroux.

With attendance of 90,327, on-track handle was $16,159,584.

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