Justify becomes 13th Triple Crown victor

ImageJustify ridden by Mike Smith began his Triple Crown bid by winning the Kentucky Derby on May

The fates seemed to line up against Justify as he sought to become the 13 horse in history to win the Triple Crown.

The Belmont Stakes is the last of the Triple Crown races, after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Trainer Bob Baffert had to prepare his charge to run a significantly longer race just three weeks after his victory in Baltimore at the Preakness. The last time there were two Triple Crown champions in the same decade was the 1970s, which produced Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015.

While that was a good thing, neither Baffert nor jockey Mike Smith could afford to let Justify run too quickly, too soon in such a lengthy race.

A horse with another National Football League connection, Gronkowski - named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was in attendance - finished second.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. The biggest threat to Justify's chances in the 10-horse field is Hofburg, who has 9/2 odds.

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The race was won by Bee Jersey, who just got a nose down in front of Mind Your Biscuits. 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. The Belmont Stakes purse, which is split among the top finishers, now comes to a total of $1.5 million.

Baffert, 65, became the second trainer to win two Triple Crowns, joining the late James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, whose triumphs came in 1930 and '35 with Gallant Fox and Omaha, respectively. "And I am so happy for Mike Smith".

Justify, unraced as a two-year-old, signalled his greatness with a Kentucky Derby victory on a rain-soaked Churchill Downs track in May.

Baffert said Justify was simply the best horse at the track on Saturday. Turning for home with a date with immortality awaiting him in the winner's circle, Justify bounded home with Gronkowski (Lonhro ) giving belated chase to the wire. Vino Rosso began making his move around the outside, and Gronkowski was steadily picking off horses along the inside rail.

Baffert saddled a second horse: 30-1 shot Restoring Hope.

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