Did Justify have help from another Bob Baffert horse in Belmont victory?

Did Justify have help from another Bob Baffert horse in Belmont victory?

Justify (1), with jockey Mike Smith up, crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y.

Trainer Bob Baffert watches Triple Crown hopeful Justify workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y. Justify will attempt to become the 13th Triple Crown victor when he races in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday.

The reality is the race Gronkowski ran would win quite a few Belmonts, even though the third leg of the Triple Crown is thought to be unkind to deep closers and hasn't produced a last-to-first victor since Jazil in 2006. "I was blown away", Mara said via the New York Post. It shows a horse eating the flowers off a women's hat and the jockey reimbursing her in the winner's circle with Quick Pay.

The muscular horse is 1,268 pounds, more than 100 pounds more than American Pharoah, the Baffert-trained horse that won the Triple Crown in 2015, and stands at 16.3 hands high, slightly taller than American Pharoah.

"Did you see him in the gate, he's standing so still", Smith said.

But Smith confirmed that Justify "broke better today" than in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He conquered the slop on May 5 to become the first horse since 1882 to win a Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old and followed that feat with a damp and daring Preakness victory through soupy fog on May 16 that sent him to NY with the crown on the line.


Justify joins a long list of champions Glennwood has bred or co-bred including First Samurai (Grade 1 winner, $915,075 earned); Mo Town (co-bred, Grade 1 winner); My Miss Sophia (second 2014 Kentucky Oaks); Stay Thirsty (co-bred, Grade 1 winner, $1.936 million); Stevie Wonderboy (co-bred, 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion, $1.059 million); and Tamarkuz (2016 Breeders' Cup dirt mile winner, $1.84 million).

The 37-year-old Wallace was part of buying team that purchased Justify when China Horse Club was still relatively new to the North American yearling market.

ESPN's Darren Rovell reported before the Belmont that Justify's stud rights had been sold to Irish-based Coolmore for $60 million, with a $15 million bonus if he won the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown winner's yet unnamed half-brother is a yearling at Glennwood and is the spitting image of his older sibling.

The weather in the NY area on Saturday is expected to be on the warmer side, with highs in the upper 70s. "And I thought maybe, because I could see Gronkowski flying, but he just couldn't get to that horse". Smith will be aboard Justify in the colt's bid to become racing's 13th Triple Crown victor. If rain falls and turns it sloppy, Justify should feel right at home. "When he was that far back early, I said to myself, 'This is not going to end well.' He's just so far back, and there are quality horses in front of him, and then I saw the fractions and said, 'How is this horse going to close?'".

Vino Rosso finished fourth, followed by Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.

Gronkowski will draw some love from casual bettors that are also football fans, as his namesake is Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots (who is a part-owner of the horse). More than $10 million was bet on the race.

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