"I nearly collapsed when he went across the wire, it took all my breath away", he said. Smith asked his horse to run at that point, but not at full speed because the Belmont Park stretch run is so long.
According to Sports Illustrated, Baffert and Smith had partnered in 2002 on the horse Vindication.
Despite drawing the rail, Justify went off as a 4-5 favorite and more than lived up to his billing.
Hofburg, who entered the race as oddsmakers' No. 2 choice, finished in third, while Vino Rosso, a popular Kentucky Derby sleeper, came in at fourth. The chestnut colt with a pronounced white blaze won on slop at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness; even on a faster track on a clear day at Belmont, his opponents couldn't outrun him.
With the human Rob Gronkowski in attendance, the horse Gronkowski put together the most unexpected performance of the race. Justify and Bravazo will be the only horses to run in the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
As the dust settles from Justify's emphatic win in Saturday's 2018 Belmont Stakes, the question will be asked: What's next?
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At the state level, there is a bill that would explicitly extend non-discrimination protections to gay people. The case also is a reminder that the community needs to remain vigilant about its rights, she added.
"He's so brilliant. Did you see him in the gate, he's standing so still", Smith said. He was standing so still. "I mean, he left like he was going 440 yards in Ruidoso, New Mexico!"
Justify began his career in mid February, capturing a maiden race at Santa Anita before adding an allowance event at that venue a week shy of one month later. A flop at the track might make Coolmore, whose US business Ashford Stud also has American Pharoah's breeding rights, more cool on a Triple Crown winner's stock. The last time there were two Triple Crown champions in the same decade was the 1970s, which produced Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed.
With Justify's victory, Bob Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice.
As the drought dragged on, Baffert had reason to know how hard it was to achieve the feat. And Baffert, 65, pulled ahead of longtime friend and rival trainer D. Wayne Lukas, 82, to claim sole possession of a record 15 wins in Triple Crown races (five Kentucky Derbys, seven Preakness States and three Belmont Stakes).
Baffert, 65, became the second trainer to win two Triple Crowns, joining the late James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, whose triumphs came in 1930 and '35 with Gallant Fox and Omaha, respectively.
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