Justify an 'immortal' after Triple Crown win

Justify an 'immortal' after Triple Crown win

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. All fears were vanquished, though, when Vino momentarily caught Justify's eye.

"Did you see him in the gate, he's standing so still", Smith said.

WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden has denied that a deal has been made and the New York Times last week reported that it may not be official until September so that Justify's owners can take advantage of tax laws dealing with capital gains. He's certainly the greatest of the 21st century and in the running for G.O.A.T status, given his two transcendent Triple Crown horses. "He's so gifted. He's sent from heaven".

Among the possibilities: the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 29 at Monmouth Park in Nw Jersey; the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar outside San Diego on August 18; and the $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga in NY on August 25.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the horse crossing in second.

Since Wednesday, when Justify pulled up to Barn 1 at Belmont Park, minus the police escort that Pharoah had received, the trainer Bob Baffert appeared at ease. It was no fault of Jose's (Ortiz). That horse's name: Gronkowski. Baffert called Justify one of the all-time greats.

"The gates were set off away from the fence a little bit", he said. I had to drop in and save all the ground.

He added: "He was showing me the same signs (as American Pharoah), the brilliance, a superior horse". "I mean, they're a good combination and they got the job done". I was a bit anxious, but my gateman reassured me.

The Hall of Fame trainer has won the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational with Hoppertunity. For horses used to training and running at shorter distances it can be like asking them to start over doing something completely different. "They were going slow and (jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.) said he didn't want to make some insane move down the backside to go join him, which probably wouldn't have made any sense". "This horse overcame a lot". It shows a horse eating the flowers off a women's hat and the jockey reimbursing her in the winner's circle with Quick Pay.

Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7 in his USA debut after arriving from England.

Justify was sold as a yearling for $500,000 in 2016.

Going beyond Justify and his Triple Crown win, NFL Twitter was all over the race's second-place finisher.

"From his first start, you could see that he was a very, very impressive colt", John Gunther of Langley, B.C., who bred Justify at his Kentucky farm, told CTV Vancouver before the race.

"It never gets old", Baffert said.

"It never gets old", Baffert said. "He was showing me the brilliance, superior horse". It amounts to a race once every 23.5 days on average. "He's just an imposing horse". He won the Kentucky Derby by 2-1/2 lengths after racing close to the pace for the first three quarters. Two weeks later, Justify weathered torrential rain and a blanket of fog to win the Preakness Stakes, setting himself up for the Triple Crown bid. The list of this tremendous colt's accomplishments and historical markers is seemingly endless.

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