Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Triple Crown winner Justify will race again after break

Triple Crown winner Justify will race again after break

The owners of other entries in the Belmont Stakes have called for an investigation into the race, claiming that Justify trainer Bob Baffert may have used another horse in his stable to run interference for the Triple Crown victor. 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.

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.

Belmont second-place finisher Gronkowski, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred III, made his North American debut in the race for owner Phoenix Thoroughbred III.

The big colt took command before the first turn, settling into a comfortable rhythm as stablemate Restoring Hope and the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Bravazo kept him in their sights.

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"Our focus was on each race as they came up", Walden said after unveiling Justify's Triple Crown banner inside Belmont Park. 'I would have thought Baffert would have wanted Restoring Hope nowhere close to the pace'.

The jockey for Vinno Rosso, Hall of Famer John Velazquez, said he understood why Restoring Hope broke from usual form and credited Baffert for the strategy.

In an interview with Newsday, Repole said: "I watched the replay a bunch of times, the head-on, the aerial view, and I believe in what I said. That's his job, to protect the other horse, and it worked for them", Velazquez said. "I was going to bring four (horses) but I didn't want to buck those odds of, like previous year".

"I didn't want to break, get the horse covered up and then the horse starts getting aggressive behind horses". West fumed over Geroux's ride when asked for comment by the New York Post. "Without Him I wouldn't have all the success I do". Justify is the first undefeated horse to complete the Triple Crown since 1977.

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Six of the 10 horses in the Belmont were Keeneland sales graduates. Justify is the 13 Triple Crown victor, and only the second to win the all three American Classics - Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes - in the past 40 years (American Pharoah, 2015).

"Opinions die", Baffert said. "If he had a 5-percent chance to win, he had to be up near the lead".

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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