Justify won the Belmont Stakes in brand-new York on Saturday to claim U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, becoming just the second horse to achieve the feat since 1978 in addition to the 13th overall.
The favored three-year-old chestnut colt was barely pushed as he completed the 1-1/2 mile course in a wire-to-wire win in overcast however dry conditions at Belmont Park in Elmont, brand-new York.
The victory marks the second Triple Crown win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who also won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes in addition to Belmont Stakes with American Pharoah in 2015.
The large in addition to muscular Justify, owned by China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm, was ridden to victory by veteran jockey Mike Smith.
At 52, Smith is usually the oldest jockey to ever win the Triple Crown.
Saturday’s race, the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, marked the fifth time Baffert came to Belmont which has a shot at the Triple Crown