Justify's value skyrockets to $60M with Triple Crown win at Belmont Park

Justify bidding for rare Triple Crown sweep in Belmont

Justify bidding for rare Triple Crown sweep in Belmont

Once he does, jockey Mike Smith will settle Justify much like Elliott tried with Smarty Jones, a similarly speedy colt.

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

Justify became the 13th thoroughbred to win horse racing's Triple Crown.

American Pharoah and Justify joined other Triple Crown winners Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Settle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978).

He went on to write that the famous horse's historic Triple Crown victory "is a great boost for our own DSH racetrack, as the worldwide press and the horse racing world will be watching Teo ah-King and this project". He's the first Triple Crown victor to face that many rivals in the 1½-mile Belmont.

With a breathtaking wire-to-wire tour de force under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, undefeated Justify became racing's 13th Triple Crown victor on Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park, sweeping to a one-and-three-quarter length victory over Gronkowski to add the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets to his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

CORRECTS DATE TO SATURDAY, JUNE 9, NOT SUNDAY, JUNE 10 - Justify (1), with jockey Mike Smith up, crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race and the Triple Crown, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y.

"He could have won every race on the undercard today, he's just that kind of horse".

We can't wait to see Gronkowski's next athletic feat - both human and horse.

It worked to perfection as Smith put an exclamation point on his illustrious career, guiding Justify to victory in the 1½-mile race that was over with an eighth of a mile to go.

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Of course, the race that Baffert and Smith really want to win is the Belmont Stakes.

It will be the first time Justify runs on a dry track in the Triple Crown series. He got a bruised knee at the Kentucky Derby and won on back-to-back on wet tracks in Kentucky and Maryland.

"Belmont is the most grueling of the Triple Crown races".

The 24-1 long-shot Gronkowski battled from the back of the pack to cross the line second, nearly two length's behind Justify, while the 5-1 Hofburg finished third.

Justify will run from the rail after drawing the unfancied No. 1 post - one that trainer Bob Baffert always likes to avoid.

Among those expected to be on hand is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Coolmore's $75 million investment is quite substantial, but the company has a plan for how to get it's money's worth - Rovell writes that Justify could potentially be looking at breeding 250 times in his first year as a stud, for the cost of $150,000 per live foal. He didn't compete as a 2-year-old. Restoring Hope, who like Justify is trained by Baffert, last ran May 5 but not in the Derby.

I also like Vino Rosso to contend on Saturday.

The forecast calls for a high of 80 degrees and cloudy skies. First post Saturday is 6 p.m.

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