Justify wins the Triple Crown

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Justify joins Seattle Slew as the only two undefeated horses to win the Triple Crown. It was one of the biggest highlights of the race's 150-years.

The highest previous stallion deal, Rovell writes, was the $70 million Coolmore paid to acquire 2000 Kentucky Derby victor Fusaichi Pegasus.

With Justify on the verge of becoming the second Triple Crown victor in three years, Elmont, New York has become the center of the sports world on June 9.

"It never gets old", Baffert said.

Justify defied the hard post position along the rail, breaking well and taking the lead within seconds. The other horses in the barn, most lazing at the back of their stalls, .

"I think he's the greatest of all time", Smith said. "He's a brilliant, superior horse". "And I am so happy for Mike Smith".

Smith said Baffert made his dreams come true.

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"I was just watching the clock". It seems appropriate, since the race - which is 1.5 miles - requires horses to be ruthless and not give up a single furlong if they want to end up in the winner's circle. He stood so quietly in the starting gate that jockey Mike Smith wondered if he'd respond when it sprang open.

"The raw talent is there", Baffert said. Baffert called Justify one of the all-time greats.

A division of Coolmore also bought the rights to American Pharoah, who won the Triple Crown in 2015, snapping a 37-year drought. Before that, however, a horse had not won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

Justify scored a wire-to-wire triumph under Mike Smith in Saturday's Belmont, winning by 1 3/4 lengths to become racing's 13th Triple Crown victor and the second in four years for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "He could've won every race on the undercard today". Oh, by the way, Citation and Whirlaway were both Triple Crown champions.

It was the largest Belmont field ever beaten by a Triple Crown victor.

WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden has denied that a deal has been made and the New York Times last week reported that it may not be official until September so that Justify's owners can take advantage of tax laws dealing with capital gains.