That's his job, to protect the other horse, and it worked for them. In fact, Notre Dame averages nine wins per season following a Triple Crown - and has only lost 10 games, total, those 12 years. "I would have thought Baffert would have wanted Restoring Hope nowhere close to the pace". He had expressed cautious confidence in the lead up to the race, saying afterward he was impressed Justify had "showed that brilliance". He also took the lead as the victor of the most Triple Crown races. He isn't listed quite at even odds, but that could change by post time and it's hard to see him dropping much further than he is now.
While admiring Justify, who led wire-to-wire to become the 13th Triple Crown victor, Repole compared the 37-1 Restoring Hope's tactics to a football play.
For now, the owners of Justify - which also includes Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing - are taking a circumspect approach to the horse's future.
The 4-5 favorite handled the 1.5-mile distance easily, and though runner-up Gronkowski was less than 2 lengths back, Justify never looked in danger of losing.
More than 15 million viewers were watching NBC's Belmont Stakes broadcast on Saturday as NBC Sports' Larry Collmus called the race, finishing with a flourish.
In providing a second Triple Crown in a span of three years, however, Justify has done his part to make the achievement mainstream once again.
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The owner for both fourth-place finisher Vino Rosso and last-place horse Noble Indy, Mike Repole, said Restoring Hope's strategy did not play to his strengths and therefore raised red flags.
Following the race, Justify was shipped to Churchill Downs, where is expected to arrive Monday morning for the start of a short break before his team decides where to showcase him next.
June 9, 2018 - Justify, ridden by Mike Smith, wins the 150th Belmont Stakes.
"Nothing was brought to our attention", NYGC steward Stevie Lewandowski said, according to Daily Racing Form. Justify won in 2:28.18, well off the record time of 2:24, run by Secretariat in 1973. He's the first Triple Crown victor to face that many rivals in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont.
The Belmont Stakes Day card generated an all-sources handle of $137,954,895 - the second-highest in one day New York Racing Association History behind Belmont Stakes Day in 2014.