Justify Leads The Way, Enshrined As Second Undefeated Triple Crown Winner

Justify Leads The Way, Enshrined As Second Undefeated Triple Crown Winner

Justify Leads The Way, Enshrined As Second Undefeated Triple Crown Winner

Followed that win up with a narrow, half-length victory over Bravazo at the Preakness Stakes in sloppy conditions and thick fog before winning the final jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday.

The silver-haired Californian becomes only the second trainer to saddle more than one Triple Crown victor after "Sunny" Jim Fitzsimmons, who trained Gallant Fox and Omaha between the wars. Fitzsimmons added to his legend with Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935).

Baffert credited his team of assistants for doing an outstanding job of preparing Justify for the grueling three-race, five-week grind. He burnished his reputation by defeating nine rivals, the most faced by any Triple Crown champion. 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 the deal might seem rich, sources said Coolmore would make it up by breeding in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, making the horse capable of breeding at least 250 times in his first year.

Justify became the 13th thoroughbred to win horse racing's Triple Crown. But Good Magic got the 2-year-old Eclipse Award. It was the second Triple Crown for trainer Bob Baffert and the first for jockey Mike Smith.

Owned by China Horse Club International, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm, Justify improved his record to 6-0.

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In addition to Bravazo, Kentucky Derby horses Hofburg, Vino Rosso and Free Drop Billy and Preakness horse Tenfold are among those likely to challenge Justify in what's considered the most hard race on the Triple Crown trail.

Yes, that's right. There's a horse named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"As I say, I've got to give all the credit to my daughter who planned the mating of Justify, and my staff at Glennwood". He is sent from heaven, I tell you.

"I just kept a leg on each side and my mind in the middle", Smith said.

The two Todd Pletcher-trained racers, Vino Rosso (+900) and Noble Indy (+2800), will break side-by-side from gates 8 and 9 respectively.

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