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Justify dominates Belmont to become 13th Triple Crown victor

10 June, 2018, 05:43 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Tenfold a three-year-old thoroughbred is looking to beat Justify at the Belmont Stakes Saturday running in support of Homes For Our Troops a nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans

Justify went off as a prohibitive 3-5 favorite and paid $3.60, $3.50 and $2.80, becoming the first ever Triple Crown victor to defeat nine opponents at Belmont.

It will be the first time Justify runs on a dry track in the Triple Crown series.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor is the early 4-5 favorite for Saturday's 1 ½-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling of the three-race series.

Like American Pharoah, Justify posted a wire-to-wire victory at Belmont Park to complete the Triple Crown. The trainer of both Justify and American Pharaoh becomes just the second to ever win the Triple Crown twice - "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons also did it twice, with Gallant Fox and Omaha in the 1930s.

In the last 16 years, the only race-day favorite to win the Belmont Stakes was American Pharoah.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. "But the thing that has me a bit anxious is the last horse to win the Belmont drawing the rail was Empire Maker in 2003 - in a six-horse field".


Justify is undefeated in his five career races and will be the favourite going into Saturday's race.

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The 2018 Belmont Stakes took place Saturday, and history was made.

Justify, unraced as a two-year-old, signalled his greatness with a Kentucky Derby victory on a rain-soaked Churchill Downs track in May. The 7-year-old bay horse won by 2 1/4 lengths and paid $9.10 to win - a generous price on a Baffert trainee. He stood so quietly in the starting gate that jockey Mike Smith wondered if he'd respond when it sprang open. There, colt-starter Toby Richard was clear from the very first day: written in bright orange marker on the dry-erase board were the words: "Goal: To help start the next Triple Crown victor". The great Secretariat ended a 25-year drought in 1973 in record fashion, then, four years later, Seattle Slew came along to put his flawless stamp on the feat. He managed to hold off Restoring Hope, a longshot (also owned by Baffert) who pulled into second early on and a late push from Brovazo.

I'm not sure if I'll be betting on Justify to win yet, but I know I'll be rooting for him.

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