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Justify Wins The Triple Crown

June 10, 2018

Justify, ridden by 52 year old Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert, led “wire to wire” to win not only the Belmont Stakes, but also the racing Triple Crown.

It is the second time in 4 possibilities, there has been a Triple Crown winner as American Pharoah, also trained by Bob Baffert, won it in 2015. “Pharoah” also was a “wire to wire” winner in the Belmont Stakes.

Justify is just the second unbeaten horse, upon winning the Triple Crown, joining Seattle Slew in 1977. (Seattle Slew in ’77, the SuperSonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder, to the final, but lost to the Washington Bullets in #7 on June 7,1978 and then beat the Bullets to title, winning the last 4 in ’79).

Baffert joins the legendary “Sunny” Jim Fitzsimmons, as a trainer with two Triple Crown victories (Fitzsimmons, who had a 78 year career in racing, won it with Gallant Fox in 1930 and its/his colt, Omaha in 1935).

 

Pictured left to right above, two of the greatest, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith.

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