Justify becomes 13th Triple Crown victor after Belmont victory

Tenfold a three-year-old thoroughbred is looking to beat Justify at the Belmont Stakes Saturday running in support of Homes For Our Troops a nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans

This year's Belmont Stakes has turned into one of the most anticipated horse racing events in decades, as racehorse Justify tries to take the Triple Crown.

Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, earning him the coveted Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor is the early 4-5 favorite for Saturday's 1 ½-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling of the three-race series. Baffert oversaw American Pharoah's Triple Crown success in 2015 and has used the same methods with Justify.

Jockey Mike Smith guided the colt to victory for trainer Bob Baffert, who also sent out American Pharoah and is just the second trainer in history to condition multiple Triple Crown winners. What's farther down the road remains to be seen, but there's always the blueprint to consult from American Pharoah's 2015 campaign, one that Justify has mirrored since winning the Kentucky Derby.

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Jockey Mike Smith celebrates atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York.

Gronkowski, named for the National Football League player, finished second, less than two lengths back.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. So any horse that wins all three passes a threshold of speed, strength, and just plain grit.

Justify paid $3.50 to place and $2.80 to show. Justify and Bravazo will be the only horses to run in the Derby, Preakness and Belmont. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on sloppy tracks after heavy rain fell.

That combination - Justify, Gronkowski, Hofburg and Vino Rosso - produced a $1,051.50 payout on a $1 superfecta wager.

Now he has joined Jim Fitzsimmons, who conditioned Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935, as the only trainers to saddle two Triple Crown winners.

In addition to glory and a spot in horse racing history, Justify's ownerw will receive quite a lot of cash: Roughly $1.5 million in prize money will be handed out to the top finishers. Turning for home with a date with immortality awaiting him in the winner's circle, Justify bounded home with Gronkowski (Lonhro ) giving belated chase to the wire. Baffert went into the year thinking McKinzie gave him a better chance and on Friday recalled thinking of Justify, "The backup horse is pretty good, too".

The rest of the 10-horse field consists of Gronkowski (+2500, gate 6), Free Drop Billy (+3000, gate 2) and Restoring Hope (+3300, gate 5).

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