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

ImageJustify and his trainer Bob Baffert left after winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown

ImageJustify and his trainer Bob Baffert left after winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown

On Saturday Justify became just the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown, defeating yet another crowded field of talented horses en route to adding another win to his undefeated record.

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.

"Today, he looked fantastic", Baffert said.

After becoming the second Triple Crown victor in the past four years, Justify's breeding rights skyrocketed to a record $75 million, with the horse expected to breed as much as 250 times a year.

Completing the order of finish after Vino Rosso were Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.

Justify, who cross the finish 1¾ lengths in front of 24-1 longshot and Keeneland sales graduate Gronkowski, is the 20 Belmont victor produced by Keeneland sales.

"It baffled me", Repole told the Daily Racing Form, according to ESPN.

'If my horse would have broke on top, I would have been on the lead and Justify laying second.

Following the Belmont Stakes race, some began to accuse another one of Baffert's horses, Restoring Hope, as assisting Justify and jockey Mike Smith by blocking other horses in the race.

Baffert seemed to acknowledge that the plan for Restoring Hope was to lay in second for the first turn, but not as part of a plan to help Justify.

"Well, here we are, back at Churchill", said Jimmy Barnes, Justify's assistant trainer. "It was going to be my friend or the enemy", Baffert said when asked about what other horses he was concerned about as the race developed.

Following the race Geroux admitted that he struggled to keep control of Restroing Hope, while owner Gary West told the New York Post that he didn't like the way Restoring Hope raced and that he didn't understand Geroux's race strategy. "I will never know". Justify could step out on the track the way American Pharoah did in 2015.

'Justify's a freak, super horse, undefeated, wonderful what he's done, ' Repole told DFR. Affirmed not only raced, but also won Horse of the Year honors, at age 4.

"He'll walk at least the next three days, as long as he'll allow us to", Barnes said.

Doug Bredar, the agent for Geroux, said he has no comment and Geroux has no comment.

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