Justify wins Belmont to become 13th Triple Crown champion

Where does Justify rank on a list of the 13 other winners of horse racing's Triple Crown

Where does Justify rank on a list of the 13 other winners of horse racing's Triple Crown

Justify will then leave for California and Baffert's training base Sunday for more rest.

Repole questioned Florent Geroux's ride on Restoring Hope, a stablemate of Belmont victor and 13th Triple Crown champion Justify, who is trained by Baffert for owner Gary West. Victor Espinoza is the oldest, and first Latino jockey, to win the most prestigious accomplishment in horse racing.

With his victory, Justify became the only undefeated Triple Crown victor besides Seattle Slew, who won the Belmont in wire-to-wire fashion in 1977.

Without any complaints from trainers or jockeys, the Belmont Stakes controversy appears to be blowing over.

"He ran a large number of races in a short amount of time with no 2-year-old foundation", said Chad Brown, who trains Gronkowski. "He's sent from heaven".

Baffert fell short the first three times he brought a horse to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown - with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002). None of American Pharoah's first crop of horses has yet to race. Superior horse. I mean, he could have won every race on the undercard today. He's just an unbelievable horse.

Bob Baffert (center) trained both Justify and Restoring Hope.

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Justify, who cross the finish 1¾ lengths in front of 24-1 longshot and Keeneland sales graduate Gronkowski, is the 20 Belmont victor produced by Keeneland sales.

Last year, Baffert won four races with Mor Spirit (Metropolitan Handicap), Abel Tasman (Acorn), American Anthem (Woody Stephens) and West Coast (Easy Goer).

Repole owns fourth-place finisher Vino Rosso with fellow New Yorker Vinnie Viola. His best finish in any notable race was a third in the Wood Memorial, one of the prep races for the Kentucky Derby.

Justify had a number of visitors to the barn Sunday, including Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who piloted the colt to victory Saturday, members of the China Horse Club and owner Ahmed Zayat, whose Zayat Stables campaigned American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) to become the 12th Triple Crown victor in 2015.

Following the race, Justify was shipped to Churchill Downs, where is expected to arrive Monday morning for the start of a short break before his team decides where to showcase him next. "Now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is". "He looked like a bodyguard making sure nobody got close to Justify".

But the New York State Gaming Commission confirmed that there were no plans for its steward, Steve Lewandowski, to discuss it with Geroux.

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