2018 TRIPLE CROWN (Entire Televised Broadcasts) - JUSTIFY
JUSTIFY went to the post at Belmont Park carrying the hopes of horse racing fans across North America and around the globe who wanted to see history made for the second time in three years, and the powerful superstar delivered in grand fashion.
JUSTIFY won the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9, 2018, and in doing so became the 13th Triple Crown winner in thoroughbred racing history making Bob Baffert an astounding two-time Triple Crown winning trainer.
Starting from the No. 1 post position, JUSTIFY was able to break cleanly, and he went right to the front. While avoiding traffic was a good thing for the big, red colt, the one thing that trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith wanted to avoid was a speed duel.
JUSTIFY's opening quarter was fast, but none of the other nine horses challenged him, and Smith was able to slow him down after the quarter mile. Once that happened, the race set up perfectly for JUSTIFY, and he was never headed in this race.
Every step was a winning one, as JUSTIFY won the 1 ½-mile race in wire-to-wire fashion.
Baffert also trained AMERICAN PHAROAH, the horse who won the 2015 Triple Crown. "It's just amazing," Baffert said on the NBC broadcast. "It's very emotional for me. AMERICAN PHAROAH will always be my first love, and this horse is very special.
"He has so much ability. He could have won every race on the undercard, that's how good he is."
Baffert credited his staff for helping to prepare JUSTIFY, who had not raced as a two-year-old, for the grueling Triple Crown run. "I have the most tremendous team working for me," said Baffert. "It was really tough getting him ready because of the amount of work it took to win three races in such a short period of time as JUSTIFY got rolling a little later than most of the other triple crown horses."
Watch all the action unfold in this year's renewal of the Triple Crown which ended in jubilation as JUSTIFY gained elite entry into the hallowed halls of Triple Crown glory!!
Other notable horses who valiantly chased AMERICAN PHAROAH in vain through the Triple Crown races were FIRENZE FIRE, FREE DROP BILLY, PROMISES FULFILLED, FLAMEAWAY, AUDIBLE, GOOD MAGIC, LONE SAILOR, HOFBURG, MY BOY JACK, BOLT D'ORO, ENTICED, BRAVAZO, MENDELSSOHN, INSTILLED REGARD, MAGNUM MOON, SOLOMINI, VINO ROSSO, NOBLE INDY, COMBATANT, QUIP, SPORTING CHANCE, DIAMOND KING, TENFOLD, RESTORING HOPE, GRONKOWSKI and BLENDED CITIZEN.
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