Justify's value skyrockets to $60M with Triple Crown win at Belmont Park

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Wearing a white blanket advertising his status as the sport's 13th Triple Crown victor, Justify walked laps inside the barn before coming outside to greet a slew of cameras. All-sources wagering on the 150th Belmont Stakes alone was $72,702,815, with an on-track handle of $6,884,907.

Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons guided Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.

Baffert took American Pharoah to Saratoga in August 2015 and the Triple Crown victor was upset by Keen Ice in the Travers.

The longest of the three triple crown races at 1.5 miles; often referred to as the "Test of the Champion".

The trainer said he anxious again when Justify made a move forward in the final turn.

"I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", he said in an email response to a request for an interview. "He's sent from heaven".

Justify's winning time was 2:28.18 for the 1 ½ miles over a track rated fast, unlike his two previous wins, which came over sloppy tracks at Churchill Downs and Pimlico. "I just question Geroux's ride". "I can't describe the emotions that's going through my body right now".

Justify ridden by jockey Mike Smith wins the 150th Belmont Stakes
Justify ridden by jockey Mike Smith wins the 150th Belmont Stakes

Baffert had fretted after Justify drew the No. 1 post, a spot he detests for his horses.

Restoring Hope, with jockey Florent Geroux up, appeared to run interference for the champion on Saturday while traveling second and forcing would-be challengers to go extremely wide. "If my horse would have broke on top, I would have been on the lead and Justify laying second".

As he thundered across the line to win the coveted Triple Crown, Justify's value skyrocketed to about $60 million with potential for more.

Smith got the big colt into a relaxed rhythm under a moderate pace heading into the backstretch, and he had an easy trip from there. Vino Rosso made the most serious move to get within a length but never threatened.

Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7. Once in the stretch, however, Justify continued to roll along, giving no signs of quitting, and Gronkowski had to settle for second, with second choice Hofburg coming on to edge Vino Rosso by a neck for show.

For now, the owners of Justify - which also includes Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing - are taking a circumspect approach to the horse's future.

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