Giants' Chris Mara jabs Patriots, Gronkowski after Justify wins Triple Crown

Jockey Victor Espinoza looks back as American Pharoah wins his last race- the Breeders Cup Classic- at Keeneland Racecourse on Oct. 31 2015 in Lexington Ky

He is the second undefeated Triple Crown victor, joining Seattle Slew in 1977.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor opened at the 4-5 favorite with about an hour to go before the Belmont Stakes.

"That whole Triple Crown thing".

Won his first race on February 18 at Santa Anita Park by 9-1/2 lengths.

When American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, America hadn't seen one in 37 years. Fitzsimmons did it with Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.

"Today he looked fantastic", Baffert said.

The thoroughbred horse racing world belongs to "Big Money Mike" Smith. Hofburg, trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Irad Ortiz - and reckoned by many as a contender to thwart Justify's Triple Crown bid - was third in the field of 10.

Chris Mara has won two Super Bowl championships with the New York Giants, and now he can add the Triple Crown to his resume.

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Justify achieved one of the sports' toughest feats 45 years to the day that Secretariat won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths.

The powerful colt with the blaze running the length of his face showed no signs that the rigors of running a compressed schedule had gotten to him. From there, he reeled off consecutive Grade I wins in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby, May 5 Kentucky Derby and May 19 Preakness S. Sales History: $500,000 yrl KEESEP '16. The thoroughbred won the 1 3/16-mile Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 19 by holding off Bravazo by a half-length on a muddy track. The $2 exacta from the Belmont Stakes paid out $89, and the $1 trifecta paid out $229.74 - totals that eclipsed those of both the Derby and Preakness Stakes.

In sweeping the big three races for 3-year-olds, Smith becomes the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. "He's so gifted. He's sent from heaven". "I can't describe the emotions going through my body right now". Horses had come close to breaking it in recent years but it wasn't until Justify arrived that the superstition was put to rest.

And even more so for Cambridge bloodstock agent Michael Wallace because he was one of those responsible for choosing racing's newest superstar from the yearling sales. "This horse, I'm sure there was millions of people screaming at their TV wanting to see it done".

Since Wednesday, when Justify pulled up to Barn 1 at Belmont Park, minus the police escort that Pharoah had received, the trainer Bob Baffert appeared at ease. Smith slowed the pace midway around the 1 1/2-mile track but maintained a two-length lead heading into the backstretch. We watched him rush up like he was a Quarter Horse, make a quick right-hand turn, then turn left, pinned [Bravazo] on the rail.

John Velazquez, who finished in fourth place on Vino Rosso, also saw the move as questionable.

A win for Justify would be Bob Baffert's second as a trainer.

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