With his front-running win, Justify became thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown victor.
The big chestnut colt with the appetite to match burst onto the national scene with a 2?-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby.
Justify, the Triple Crown victor, will get a well-deserved break before racing again this year, although no date or location has been targeted.
"He probably broke better today than he has out of the other two (Derby and Preakness), to be honest with you", Smith said. But Smith turned it into an advantage, gunning Justify to the lead and defying any horse to challenge.
Smith told reporters, "I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing us on this afternoon, and blessing us with this wonderful horse". But given the poor conditions of the first two races, combined with the unique length of the Belmont, there are lots of challengers to block Justify's run at history.
Now owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, Justify defeated former United Kingdom galloper Gronkowski by just on two lengths with Hofburg back in third.
Gronkowski, a 24-1 shot trained by Chad Brown and part-owned by New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, came from well back to finish second under jockey Jose Ortiz.
At 52, Mike Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.
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He triumphed at the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 7, earning him enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. He had missed the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs owing to injury.
Wallace went into yesterday's race in a pragmatic mood, knowing wishing doesn't tend to make racehorses run any faster.
In 2015, the previous year with a Triple Crown on the line, all-sources handle on Belmont Stakes Day was $135,790,321.
Last year, Baffert won four races with Mor Spirit (Metropolitan Handicap), Abel Tasman (Acorn), American Anthem (Woody Stephens) and West Coast (Easy Goer). "I was blown away", Mara said via the New York Post.
As impressed as people were by Justify's win, even more people had sports jokes ready. "He's so gifted. He's sent from heaven".
He had to run a quarter-mile longer than he ever had before to take the win. He was also only three-quarters of a length behind Triple Crown contender Justify so keep him in mind when filling out your tri-fectas. 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. It shows a horse eating the flowers off a women's hat and the jockey reimbursing her in the winner's circle with Quick Pay. Here are the odds for every contender in the field the morning of Saturday's race.
Triple Crown victor Justify was the center of the sports world on Saturday.