After becoming the second Triple Crown victor in the past four years, Justify's breeding rights skyrocketed to a record $75 million, with the horse expected to breed as much as 250 times a year. Billy Turner, his trainer, had to negotiate the colt's transition from shiny young object to a horse of classic depth and poise, and they never missed a note.
Fifty-two-year-old Smith is now the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.
The co-long shots in the field, now are Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope and Vino Rosso.
Justify led all the way in achieving one of the sports world's toughest feats 45 years to the day that Secretariat won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths.
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Fourth-place finisher Vino Rosso's team, however, thought there was a bit more gamesmanship than what Baffert let on.
Justify completed the Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes over the weekend, becoming the 13th horse to accomplish the feat, but the win comes with some controversy. Justify pulled away down the 1,097-yard stretch in front of a grandstand packed with screaming fans with only 24-1 shot Gronkowski picking up the chase down the lane.
Brown also sent out A Raving Beauty (Ger) (Mastercraftsman ) to victory in the GI Just a Game S. on the Belmont undercard and said the 5-year-old European import will be pointed to the July 21 GI Diana S.at Saratoga.
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However, Restoring Hope's jockey Florent Geroux said there was no plan to clear out the competition for Justify, he simply had to adjust within the race.
"No, Restoring Hope, he has natural speed, and his only chance was to be up near the lead in the first wave because he's like a one-dimensional horse", he said.
In regards to when and where the colt will perform next, only time-and an expertly crafted plan from the now two-time Triple Crown trainer Bob Baffert-will tell.
Completing the order of finish after Vino Rosso were Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.
Crowned racing's 13th victor of the Triple Crown, the undefeated Justify returned to Churchill Downs's Barn 33 on Monday afternoon. "He's now become a household name and I'm looking forward to his next race as much as you guys are", he said.
Because he raced at 2, though, Seattle Slew is recalled as a relatively slow burn across the racing sky, while Justify has been a red-hot comet.
As for any claims of cheating to the New York Gaming Commission?