ELMONT – Justify went wire-to-wire at Belmont Park to win the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths and become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years. The colt, who went un-raced as a two-year old, swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on Feb. 18th.
Justify Wins Triple Crown
Only the legendary colt Seattle Slew was unbeaten when he won the Triple Crown in 1977.
Justify went off as the 4-5 betting and crowd favorite, as he took a lead out of the starting gate to take nine others around the track’s long turns and lengthy course. He’s the first Triple Crown winner to face that many rivals in the 1½-mile Belmont Park course.
Bob Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. He also did so training American Pharoah in 2015. Jockey Mike Smith was aboard for the victorious ride and, at 52 years, became the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. It was the 150th running of the New York horse race.