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Victorious Justify "fantastic" after Triple Crown win

Victorious Justify ‘Fantastic’ Morning After Triple CrownThe morning after his breathtaking victory in the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, anointed him racing's 13th Triple Crown winner, a bright-eyed and bouncing Justify was showing no signs of the dizzying campaign that comprised six victories in just under 16 weeks.
“We were watching the replays of the race, and he could have gone around there again,” marveled Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who himself achieved an elite status among trainers as only the second – along with the legendary “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons – to saddle two Triple Crown winners. “Today he looked fantastic. He wasn't blowing after the race; he was blowing harder after the Preakness. That was the best work he had coming into all this.”
Justify, a strapping chestnut colt with a big white blaze, regally obliged as he was brought from his stall to the grassy area outside Barn 1 at Belmont Park for assorted photo, television and video opportunities, including a segment that was to appear on NBC's Nightly News.
Among the visitors to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont winner on a cool and cloudy Sunday morning were Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who at 52 is the oldest jockey to win a Triple Crown; members of the China Horse Club, which owns the 3-year-old in partnership with WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, and thoroughbred owner Ahmed Zayat, whose American Pharoah broke a 37 -year Triple Crown drought under Baffert's tutelage in 2015.


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