Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. Baffert won in 2015 with American Pharoah.
Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, earning him the coveted Triple Crown.
"I just kept a leg on each side and my mind in the middle", Smith said. Baffert is the second trainer to have multiple Triple Crown champions.
A horse with another National Football League connection, Gronkowski - named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was in attendance - finished second. "There's no one more deserving than him". We're also blessed we made it back safe, this horse ran a tremendous race.
Justify trains on the main track in preparation for the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. If rain falls and turns it sloppy, Justify should feel right at home.
As a general rule, jockeys get 10% of the prize money for races in which their horses win or place. Smith has never been aboard a Triple Crown victor, but at 52 he has the shrewdness and knowledge from regularly riding at Belmont Park years ago to rely on.
Justify will be trying to become thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown victor.
Hofburg, a 9/2 shot ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., is rated by punters as the most likely to beat Justify.
He's like Pharoah. They're superstars."Giants part-owner and Senior VP of player personnel Chris Mara, the father of actresses Rooney and Kate Mara, owns a partial stake in Justify, which joined Seattle Slew (1977) as the only other undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown". "But the thing that has me a bit anxious is the last horse to win the Belmont drawing the rail was Empire Maker in 2003 - in a six-horse field".