Justify captures Triple Crown, wins Belmont

Belmont Stakes live stream: How to watch Justify go for the Triple Crown without a TV

Belmont Stakes live stream: How to watch Justify go for the Triple Crown without a TV

"This horse ran a tremendous race, he's so gifted", said Mike Smith, who at 52 is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. Victory Gallop lived up to his name, catching up to Real Quiet to take the race at the wire in one of the closest photo finishes ever.

Luis Saez-ridden Bravazo almost ran down a fading Justify in the final yards of the Preakness before finishing second, a half-length behind. In the wake of his Belmont triumph on Saturday, they said they were open to the idea of keeping him on the racetrack but wanted to be absolutely sure he was healthy after a whirlwind schedule in which he raced and won six times, beginning in mid-February. All three races that make up the Triple Crown vary in distance, so a horse known for its blistering pace might fare better at The Preakness where the distance is less enduring.

His career in the American Classic races began in 1996, and in that time, he's amassed over 2800 wins in his career in the sport, which includes International Races.

Given the fact that only three years had passed since the last Triple Crown victor, there wasn't almost as much pre-race media hype as there had been in 2015 when American Pharoah won the Belmont to become the first Triple Crown victor since Affirmed in 1978.

Baffert's tied Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons as the only trainer to saddle two Triple Crown winners.

American Pharoah was the last horse to win all three races in 2015.

Walden, who hadn't had a horse with Baffert before, was asked why he made a decision to give him Justify. Baffert, head turned, watched his handiwork in HD with a small smile that refused go away. "The great thing about being with Bob and having him as a trainer is he knows when the horses are right".

And the horse proved his trainer prescient, winning a Triple Crown with a mesmerizing and dominant victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Post time for the Belmont is 23.46 BST, and the weather forecast in NY is for temperatures to still be in the mid-20s as the runners go to the start at around 6.40pm local time.

The throughbred's accomplishment marks the second horse to win the elusive three races in three years, as American Pharoah also took home the tile in 2015.

Smith told reporters, "I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing us on this afternoon, and blessing us with this incredible horse".

If Justify beats nine rivals in the 150th Belmont, Bob Baffert would become the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. We saw another Triple Crown victor. Executives from the investment firm oversee the breeding and horse ownership businesses.

"I really didn't think about that, " Baffert said. Justify became the first colt in 136 years to win the Derby after not racing as a 2-year-old. You've got to give him credit. He was also only three-quarters of a length behind Triple Crown contender Justify so keep him in mind when filling out your tri-fectas.

"He left there like he was going 440 (yards) at Ruidoso, N.M.", said Smith, a native of Roswell, N.M. "Capitalist, Russian Revolution and Justify didn't cost $1 million between them in the ring but would be worth up to $200 million after their racing deeds".

The two Todd Pletcher-trained racers, Vino Rosso (+900) and Noble Indy (+2800), will break side-by-side from gates 8 and 9 respectively.

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