"For him to close up that much ground off a really easy pace, it was a remarkable race that he ran".
Remarkably Justify is one of only two horses to have won the Triple Crown while having been undefeated in any previous race; the other is Seattle Slew who feature's in the pedigree of Justify through his dam Stage Magic.
"Smith said that when he's mounted on his horse, he follows God just as he normally would".
Justify is set to return Monday to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
The reality is the race Gronkowski ran would win quite a few Belmonts, even though the third leg of the Triple Crown is thought to be unkind to deep closers and hasn't produced a last-to-first victor since Jazil in 2006. It's possible Justify could be paraded at the track like American Pharoah after he won the Triple Crown for Baffert in 2015.
"It never gets old", Baffert said. "After a week it starts catching up with them".
While nobody's denying that this is a special horse, and the feat he accomplished was incredible, I do believe that many underestimate how incredible. He didn't compete as a 2-year-old. "I truly give God all the glory and I had to say it".
Southern Illinois Man Hopes to Win Triple Crown with Justify He raced three more times after the Belmont Stakes , capping his career with a resounding victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic. It's a couple furlongs longer, also, than the Kentucky Derby , which to this point is the longest race that Justify has run.
"I knew on the first turn that it wasn't good because the way the horse was running, he was not relaxed and we still had a mile and a half to go nearly", jockey Stewart Elliott recalled recently. "This effort has reinforced our belief that America is a great place to do racing", said Teo Ah Khing, founder of the China Horse Club that is a co-owner of Justify.
Bob Baffert has done everything he can with Justify. They're just good horses.
"The only way we can be competitive with the big boys of the breeding world is by backing ourselves and finding these horses as yearlings", Field said.
The chestnut colt is the second horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on February 18. Gronkowski had won his last four starts in England, but had never raced on dirt or competed at farther than a mile prior to Saturday. Turning for home I could see Gronk flying and at that point thought we had a shot to get him if Justify was vulnerable at a mile and one half. "This horse overcame a lot". Horses and riders aren't used to 11/2-mile races in the US, where the focus is on sprinting. Does Justify's Triple Crown win change that thinking?
Smith thanked Baffert for giving him the opportunity to ride Justify into the history books.
"I think it's very fitting that Gronkowski finished second again", Mara cracked.
But Smith confirmed that Justify "broke better today" than in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.