After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Justify become just the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown Saturday by going wire-to-wire at the longest race of the series, the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
Jockey Mike Smith led Justify, who was listed as the 4-5 favorite, around the track’s sandy course and was in front of the 10-horse field the entire way, winning wire-to-wire by 1¾ lengths.
2018 Belmont Stakes Race Video
The fact Justify went wire-to-wire is even more impressive considering Saturday’s 150th running of the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes is dubbed “The Test of the Champion.”
While 24 horses have won both the Derby and the Preakness, only 12 have gone on to win the Triple Crown — the last being American Pharoah in 2015.
Triple Crown Winners
Justify joins Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015) as Triple Crown winners.
Justify moved to 6-0 in his career with the win and also became just the second to capture the Triple Crown undefeated, joining Seattle Slew (1977).
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Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert trained both Justify and American Pharoah to become only the second trainer to have two Triple Crowns, the first since Jim Fitzsimmons in 1935.
Gronkowski, a thoroughbred named for the Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, finished second behind Justify Saturday. Hofburg was third followed by Vino Rosso.
2018 Belmont Stakes betting payouts
A $2 exacta (1-6) paid $89.00, a $1 trifecta (1-6-4) earned $229.74 and a $1 superfecta (1-6-4-8) won a whopping $1,051.50 thanks in part to Gronkowski’s 24/1 odds.
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