Justify and Bravazo will be the only horses to run in the Derby, Preakness and Belmont. In 2008, Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown's breeding rights were sold for $50 million before the horse had a lackluster Belmont Stakes race.
The chestnut colt became the second undefeated horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on February 18.
For Justify, being one of the finest athletes of our time will have to do. Why can't one of these thoroughbreds just win three athletic competitions in a row?
WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden has denied that a deal has been made and the New York Times last week reported that it may not be official until September so that Justify's owners can take advantage of tax laws dealing with capital gains.
Before the Belmont, which Justify won by 13/4 lengths over surprise second-place finisher Gronkowski, the massive chestnut colt with the white blaze had won the Kentucky Derby by 21/2 lengths.
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American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015.
"Everybody thinks I'm so opposed to Saratoga", he said. The $2 exacta from the Belmont Stakes paid out $89, and the $1 trifecta paid out $229.74 - totals that eclipsed those of both the Derby and Preakness Stakes. Mara said of Smith.
Last year, Baffert won four races with Mor Spirit (Metropolitan Handicap), Abel Tasman (Acorn), American Anthem (Woody Stephens) and West Coast (Easy Goer). Smith faced the pressure of helping Justify take that final step to become the sport's 13th Triple Crown victor. Smith has seven Triple Crown race victories to his credit.
With his Triple Crown victory Saturday, Justify became the most valuable horse in racing history.
Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.
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"I was just surprised on how well he handled the atmosphere at the Derby with the crowd, how he handled it at the Preakness because every time he shows up people start yelling and screaming and he just looks at them like, 'Thank you, '" Baffert said. "He's sent from heaven".
Bob Baffert is hoping to snag his second Triple Crown in the span of just three years with Justify. Turning for home with a date with immortality awaiting him in the winner's circle, Justify bounded home with Gronkowski (Lonhro ) giving belated chase to the wire.
While he admits, he's older than most, Smith said he takes his job seriously. Vino Rosso made the most serious move to get within a length but never threatened. I wanted to see that horse's name up there, because we knew he was brilliant from day one. Four of Justify's rivals have been resting since the Kentucky Derby a month ago: Free Drop Billy (16th), Hofburg (seventh), Noble Indy (17th) and Vino Rosso (ninth).
Gronkowski will draw some love from casual bettors that are also football fans, as his namesake is Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots (who is a part-owner of the horse).
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Smith opened the day in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and Korean Jeongeun Lee. Smith is at 10-under 134 heading into the weekend after failing to make the cut in five of her previous six U.S.