Triple Crown Winner Justify Returns to Churchill Downs

The win made Justify the most valuable horse in racing history as his breeding rights were purchased for a whopping $75million

If any sport is above collusion, it has to be horse racing. "That's his job, to protect the other horse, and it worked for them", Velazquez said.

Whatever the tactics, Justify ended up on top and earned his Triple Crown.

Justify led all the way in achieving one of the sports world's toughest feats 45 years to the day that Secretariat won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths.

The historic win makes Justify the 13th Triple Crown champion and the first to claim the title since American Pharoah did it in 2015. "He is a Triple Crown victor and he's undefeated", said Repole, emphasizing his admiration for the powerful, 6-for-6 colt.

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

Repole did tell The Post he considers Justify a "super horse", regardless of his questions about the Belmont.

The victor of the race is given a blanket made of between 300-400 white carnations, the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes.

"It's been the longest, quickest journey", a hoarse-sounding Baffert said as light rain fell outside Justify's barn.

"It baffled me", Repole told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday.

To that end, Repole was not happy with his own jockey, Javier Castellanos, who was aboard Noble Indy and was expected to push to the lead, possibly wearing down Justify for a late run by Vino Rosso. Among those in the crowd was Denise King of Raceland, Kentucky, who took a break from a conference to come to Churchill Downs with a friend and see a bit of history.

'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.

"Today, he looked fantastic", Baffert said.

In the case of Justify, the math is a lot different because a far larger deal for his breeding rights - $60 million - was concluded after he won the Derby but before he captured the Preakness and the Belmont. "He's become a household name and I'm looking forward to his next race as much as [everyone else]".

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

Jockey Mike Smith reacts atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018, in Elmont, New York.

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