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Justify wins the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes

Horse racing now has two Triple Crown winners in the last four years

June 09, 2018 - 6:24 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

For the second time in four years, we have a Triple Crown winner in horse racing.

After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, Justify backed both wins up with a win a the 150th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

Jockey Mike Smith rode Justify to victory, while trainer Bob Baffert, who also trained American Pharaoh, wins his second Triple Crown in four years.

With the win, Justify became the first undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown since Seattle Slew did it in 1977.

Justify was a 4-5 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes. He didn't race as a two-year-old, and had never raced on a mile and a half track, but that didn't stop the Triple Crown champ. In fact, he didn't make his debut until April 18th. Justify will likely race in the Breeders' Cup on November 2.

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