Justify is “Lucky 13” Triple Crown Winner

Undefeated Justify set the pace and proved why he was the 3/5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes. He set fast fractions for the half mile, 48:11, and finished the 1 1 1/2 miles Belmont Stakes in front of Gronkowski by 1 3/4 lengths. His winning time of the Belmont Stakes was 2:28.18.

How good is Justify? He won the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old. He broke the Apollo Curse.  Then he overcame a speed duel on an off track to capture the Preakness Stakes. Now he is the 13th Triple Crown Winner.

Justify is unbeaten in his short racing career of only 5 races. He started his racing career at Santa Anita Park on February 18th. His first stake win was in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7th, then the Kentucky Derby on May 5th, followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 19th and the Belmont Stakes on June 9th. Now he is the 13th Triple Crown Winner.

Justify and Seattle Slew are the only two undefeated horses to win the Triple Crown. American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015. The last winner before him was Affirmed in 1978.

Mike Smith let Justify run away from the gate, let him relax going into the final turn and only had to urge Justify around the sixteenth pole to pull off a 1 3/4 length win.

The Belmont Stakes order of finish was follows: Justify, Gronkowski, Hofburg, Vino Rosso, Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen, and Noble Indy.

Justify is by Scat Daddy out of Stage Magic by Ghostzapper.

His owners are WinStar Farms, China Horse Club International Ltd., and Head of Plains Partners LLC et al. His trainer is Bob Baffert.

He was purchased at the Keeneland Association September 2016 by China Horse Club International Ltd., and Maverick Racing for $500,000.

His career earnings are $2,998,00.

Information provided by Equibase.

 

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