Justify wins the Belmont Stakes, earning the coveted Triple Crown

Justify captures Triple Crown wins Belmont

Justify wins the Belmont Stakes, earning the coveted Triple Crown

The three-year-old colt Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, after previously winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the three most prestigious horse racing events of the year.

Mike Repole, who co-owned two horses that raced at Belmont, thinks Restoring Hope's jockey Florent Geroux should be questioned about whether he served as protection for Justify.

Not only did Justify give the 65-year-old trainer his second Triple Crown in four years on Saturday, but for the second straight year, Baffert came away with a win in every race he had an entry on the day of the Belmont Stakes.

Newgate Farm boss Henry Field can't wait for unbeaten Triple Crown victor Justify to stand as a stallion in Australia after watching the colt he helped buy win the Belmont Stakes on Sunday. Network coverage on NBC Sports begins at 4:00 p.m. ET with undercard races and commentary on NBC Sports Network starting at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Hofburg paid $3.70 to show. Coolmore purchased breeding rights to the 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah from Zayat Stables late in the colt's 2-year-old season or early in his 3-year-old year.

Smith, who kept looking at the replay of his own performance while fielding questions from the media, admitted that he was anxious about how calm Justify stood in the gate. Breaking from the less-than-desired No. 1 post, Smith gunned Justify to the lead and never looked back.

Baffert fell short the first three times he brought a horse to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown - with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002). He won the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths and then survived a half-length victory in the Preakness, both on sloppy tracks.

The Belmont Stakes is the last of the Triple Crown races, after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

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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. He burnished his reputation by defeating nine rivals, the most faced by any Triple Crown champion.

Baffert told NBC Sports: "It's just unbelievable".

Justify, who raced to a contested victory at the Belmont States on Saturday evening to clinch the 13th Triple Crown in horse racing history, sparked plenty of euphoria as he crossed the finish.

"Our focus was on each race as it came up, and now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is, " Walden said.

The way things went this year, don't be surprised to see Smith riding a good one in next year's Triple Crown races.

"I actually thought maybe he's not going to break today". Vino Rosso made the most serious move to get within a length but never threatened.

Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7. "I learned a lot by watching him and how he handled everything, and how he just took it one race at a time".

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