Justify back at Churchill as fans bask in Triple Crown glory

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"It definitely seemed to me he was more of an offensive lineman than a racehorse trying to win the Belmont, and Justify was a running back trying to run for a touchdown", said Mike Repole, co-owner of Noble Indy and fourth-place Vino Ross. James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons guided Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.

A horse must win all three races to achieve the Triple Crown.

'Who knows if he would have won the race anyway?

According to drf.com, Justify could follow in the footsteps of American Pharoah and be paraded in the paddock on Saturday's Stephen Foster card beneath the Twin Spires.

The Triple Crown victor arrived at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Monday for rest and relaxation. He captured the first in 2:28.18.

"This ran a tremendous race". "He's so gifted. He's sent from heaven".

Forbes has estimated that once retired, Justify could demand an initial $100,000 stud fee - giving him a $60 million value based exclusively on breeding fees if he were to cover 150 mares per breeding season for four years.

Justify ridden by jockey Mike Smith wins the 150th Belmont Stakes
Justify ridden by jockey Mike Smith wins the 150th Belmont Stakes

"I was just watching the clock. I can't describe the emotions that's going through my body right now". But Pharoah was upset in that race in 2015.

At some point in the relatively recent past, it was decided that horses can no longer do what Justify has done, and therefore, what Justify has done is wonderful.

However, Restoring Hope's jockey Florent Geroux said there was no plan to clear out the competition for Justify, he simply had to adjust within the race. Galloping through fractions of 23.37 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.11 for the half, 1:13.21 for three quarters and 1:38.09 for the mile, Justify entered the far turn without having been asked for run, still two lengths clear of his stablemate and closest rival, with Bravazo hanging on in third.

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. Vino Rosso made the most serious move to get within a length but never threatened.

Justify, who cross the finish 1¾ lengths in front of 24-1 longshot and Keeneland sales graduate Gronkowski, is the 20 Belmont victor produced by Keeneland sales.

Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7.

Justify cemented his place in racing history for WinStar Farm, who owns the colt along with Club (whose silks the colt wore on in the Belmont), Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners.

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