Glass is ‘hoof’ full for Notre Dame football after Justify’s Triple Crown

Glass is ‘hoof’ full for Notre Dame football after Justify’s Triple Crown

A bit of intrigue has surfaced in the wake of Justify's Triple Crown-clinching victory on Saturday, with rival owner Mike Repole questioning jockey Florent Geroux's tactics aboard the other Bob Baffert-trained horse in the Belmont Stakes, Restoring Hope.

"I don't see how (Restoring Hope) got in anyone's way", the jockey told CNN Sport's Don Riddell. Other trainers are saying Justify's stable mate, Restoring Hope, was used to hold off other horses in the race, and was never actually trying to win. "When he broke a step slow - he's kind of an aggressive horse to ride, he pulls very hard - I wanted to make sure I put him in the clear", Geroux said.

In the photo below, you can see Restoring Hope, in pink, coming up strong on the outside of Justify, in red. I think they were going pretty fast.

Baffert - who has won more Triple Crown races than anyone - complimented his team for helping the horse, which ran three major, testing races in five weeks.

Repole, who co-owns defeated Belmont contenders Noble Indy and Vino Rosso, was not the only one who raised questions about Restoring Hope's race.

'I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was, ' he said in an email to the New York Post. "Had I known better, the first eighth of a mile I would have thought it was a quarter-horse race, not the mile-and-a-half Belmont".

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The Kentucky Derby is run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice.

Bred by John D. Gunther, Justify was consigned by Gunther's Glennwood Farm, agent, to the 2016 September Sale, where he sold for $500,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing. "He's become a household name and I'm looking forward to his next race as much as [everyone else]".

Baffert also trained Triple Crown victor American Pharoah in 2015. He won his first three races by a combined 19 lengths, making trainer Bob Baffert a believer.

Triple Crown victor Justify returned to Churchill Downs for a little rest Monday, arriving just before a thunderstorm and greeted by camera-clicking fans intent on getting a shot of horse racing's newest superstar.

But the New York State Gaming Commission confirmed that there were no plans for its steward, Steve Lewandowski, to discuss it with Geroux.


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