Triple Crown victor Justify partially owned by company connected to George Soros

  • Triple Crown victor Justify partially owned by company connected to George Soros

Triple Crown victor Justify partially owned by company connected to George Soros

The race will mark the 150th running of the Belmont.

On a cloudy 80-degree day at Belmont Park, Justify proved a cool customer. Justify is the first Kentucky Derby victor since to follow up in the Preakness, and faces nine opponents tonight in a race where one more victory would elevate him to legendary status.

Justify accomplished a lot in a very short time. Why can't one of these thoroughbreds just win three athletic competitions in a row?

"It was a steep learning curve for me personally when we started buying horse in the United States market because it was all new to us", said Wallace from the Belmont track. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought of Triple Crown winners in 2015. "I told him "welcome to the club".

Justify paid $3.50 to place and $2.80 to show.

"This horse ran a tremendous race, he's so gifted", Smith said.

The last time there was a Triple Crown coronation, President Barack Obama was still in office, Princess Charlotte was a month old and the long-suffering Cubs had not won a World Series since 1908. More than $10 million was bet on the race.

The operation owns 15 percent of the breeding rights to Justify, who is descended from previous Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Secretariat.

Two Triple Crown horses in four years. "He's now become a household name, and I'm looking forward to his next race just as much as you guys are".

And while there was no pent-up anguish this time around to vigorously stoke enthusiasm, Justify, ridden by the 52-year-old ironman Mike Smith, did not disappoint the crowd as he captured the 150th Belmont Stakes and become just the 13th Triple Crown victor.

Like "Big Red", as Secretariat was lovingly called, Justify (an even bigger "Big Red", at 16.3 hands and 1,380 pounds, compared to a typical 1,100-pound thoroughbred), drew the No. 1 post. "He's sent from heaven".

The way things went this year, don't be surprised to see Smith riding a good one in next year's Triple Crown races.

Among the other horses scheduled to compete in the Belmont is Bravazo, who challenged Justify in the Preakness and was beaten by a half-length. But he shot out with a fury, took a 11/2-length lead at the quarter pole and never let a challenger get closer than that.

"My thought turning for home was that he had a shot to get him if Justify was vulnerable at mile and a half", said Chad Brown, who trains Gronkowski.

Those are the concerns, but for betting purposes, I truly think Justify is a freak of a horse and will contend in this race.

Trainer Todd Pletcher also has two horses in the field - 8-1 Vino Rosso and 30-1 Noble Indy.

The Patriots, of course, were victim to the Giants in both Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, where tight end Rob Gronkowski just narrowly missed hauling in a hail mary on the final play of the game.