Losing owner calls for investigation into tactics used in Belmont Stakes

Justify leads wire to wire at Belmont to win the Triple CrownSHARE:sharetweetshareemail

After the horse won its first two races, he knew Justify was an unbelievable raw talent, capable of history. The mile-and-a-half track at Belmont, significantly longer than the first two races in the Triple Crown, is known as the test of champions and the hardest race in the series.

Coolmore Stud had already negotiated for a $60 million deal, but Justify's Triple Crown win was worth a $15 million bonus, turning the breeding fee into a record breaker. After winning the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, Vino Rosso ran ninth on a sloppy track in the Kentucky Derby.

The Derby is 1.25 miles in length. "He's a remarkable horse to run in all three legs as well as he did". Affirmed not only raced, but also won Horse of the Year honors, at age 4. The Scat Daddy colt is the latest among the 22 Kentucky Derby (G1) winners and 24 Preakness (G1) winners to graduate from Keeneland sales.

Restoring Hope stayed in second place up to the far turn, then began to fall back as Justify and jockey Mike Smith held a two-length lead.

The victor is covered by a blanket of black-eyed Susans. "And I am so happy for Mike Smith".


The Belmont Stakes Day card generated an all-sources handle of $137,954,895 - the second-highest in one day New York Racing Association History behind Belmont Stakes Day in 2014. He wouldn't have gotten the (1½-mile) distance, but he wasn't given the opportunity, either.

The victor of the race is given a blanket made of between 300-400 white carnations, the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes. In thinking back to part of his rationale in allowing American Pharoah to keep running after the Triple Crown, Zayat said: "How do you deprive the sport of him?"

The chestnut colt's wire-to-wire victory came in the 150st running of the Belmont Stakes Championship Horse Race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Saturday. Victor Espinoza is the oldest, and first Latino jockey, to win the most prestigious accomplishment in horse racing.

The victory over Belmont Park's sweeping 1 ½-mile oval was the sixth straight for Justify, who joined Seattle Slew - also a wire-to-wire Belmont victor in 1977 - as the only undefeated winners of the Triple Crown. Justify is the first undefeated horse to complete the Triple Crown since 1977.

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