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Giants Chris Mara jabs Patriots Gronkowski after Justify wins Triple Crown

Giants Chris Mara jabs Patriots Gronkowski after Justify wins Triple Crown

Not only did Justify give the 65-year-old trainer his second Triple Crown in four years on Saturday, but for the second straight year, Baffert came away with a win in every race he had an entry on the day of the Belmont Stakes.

Starting out of the No. 1 post, jockey Mike Smith navigated Justify from the rail through a field of nine challengers to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown victor in the past four years.

The 24-1 long-shot Gronkowski battled from the back of the pack to cross the line second, nearly two length's behind Justify, while the 5-1 Hofburg finished third.

Baffert, 65, had less than a year to train Justify who suffered a minor injury and didn't race his second year.

When it comes to the Belmont Stakes, none have owned the race more than Eddie Arcaro. He's got a brilliant mind, and for a powerful racehorse like him who has a mind of his own, he's still just eager to please. It's the pinnacle of a career that has seen him win more than 5,400 races, including a record 26 in the Breeders' Cup, and now seven Triple Crown races.

"Opinions die, but facts live forever, and that's what the Triple Crown is all about", Baffert said.

Justify's quest for the Triple Crown will conclude Saturday in NY.

While the deal might seem rich, sources said Coolmore would make it up by breeding in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, making the horse capable of breeding at least 250 times in his first year.

"Our focus was on each race as it came up, and now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is, " Walden said.

Justify is now the 13th horse to win the greatest honor of horse-racing, and only the second since 1998.

Belmont Stakes hopeful Gronkowski pauses before working out at Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y. Gronkowski is one of 10 horses racing in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday.

American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015.

"He's sent from Heaven", Smith said.

Justify's victory moved Baffert past D. Wayne Lukas to become the winningest trainer in Triple Crown races with 15.

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

"I can't believe I'm here in NY winning it again".

Justify has won the Triple Crown. Justify, unraced as a two-year-old, signalled his greatness with a Kentucky Derby victory on a rain-soaked Churchill Downs track in May. 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. And it was also Good Magic who took the race right to Justify right from the start before succumbing grudgingly from the effort to finish a game but tiring fourth in the Preakness.

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