Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

People Are Saying There Was Collusion In Justify's Triple Crown Win

People Are Saying There Was Collusion In Justify's Triple Crown Win

Secretariat set a world record at the race that still stands for the mile and a half distance on a dirt track at 2:24. In fact, the only reason Justify might keep racing is because stallion season in Kentucky doesn't start until next February. "He could have won every race on the undercard today".

The Derby is 1.25 miles in length.

The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown events. "Keeneland extends its congratulations to breeders John and Tanya Gunther; owners Kenny Troutt, Teo Ah Khing, Jack Wolf and Sol Kumin; trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith".

In the case of Justify, the math is a lot different because a far larger deal for his breeding rights - $60 million - was concluded after he won the Derby but before he captured the Preakness and the Belmont. "And I am so happy for Mike Smith".

San Diegans will get a chance to see Triple Crown victor Justify this summer.

Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. His milestone run follows that of 2015 champion American Pharoah, also trained by Baffert. James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons guided Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935. "[This horse] was showing me the same signs [as American Pharoah], he showed me that same brilliance".

Rosie Napravnik, in 2013, became the first female jockey to ride in all three Triple Crown races. Justify's victory gives racing its second Triple Crown victor of the decade.

"There's been tremendous buzz", track spokesman Darren Rogers said.

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In an interview with Newsday, Repole said: "I watched the replay a bunch of times, the head-on, the aerial view, and I believe in what I said". "He's so gifted. He's sent from heaven".

"I was just watching the clock. I can't describe the emotions that's going through my body right now".

Baffert fell short the first three times he brought a horse to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown - with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002).

Sixteen weeks ago, no one knew what to make of Justify - except Hall of Fame horse racing trainer Bob Baffert. "If my horse would have broke on top, I would have been on the lead and Justify laying second".

Restoring Hope, with jockey Florent Geroux up, appeared to run interference for the champion on Saturday while traveling second and forcing would-be challengers to go extremely wide.

Smith got the big colt into a relaxed rhythm under a moderate pace heading into the backstretch, and he had an easy trip from there.

Owned in partnership by China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, Justify earned $800,000 for the win and boosted his bankroll to $3,798,000.

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