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Friday, September 27, 2019
Eight Rings capped a Grade 1 double for Bob Baffert on Friday at Santa Anita with his commanding six-length win in the $300,000 American Pharoah S. (G1)...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Bob Baffert won the $300,000 Chandelier S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park for a record 11th time on Friday when the dynamic filly Bast out-dueled Comical to win by a neck...
Friday, September 20, 2019
Quality Response, a dominating debut winner in a Sept. 1 Del Mar maiden special weight, backed up that performance with another emphatic score in the Sept. 19 Phone Chatter S...
 
Justify makes history with Belmont S. (G1) win
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Justify certified his place in racing immortality when he won 150th Belmont S. (G1), defeating Gronkowski by nearly to length to become the 13th winner of the historic Triple Crown.

Justify is just the second undefeated Triple Crown winner in history, joining the incomparable Seattle Slew, who accomplished the feat in 1977.  Saturday's win made Bob Baffert  one of only two trainers to accomplish the feat. “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons was the first with Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.

Like he did in both his Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) wins, Justify found his way to the front soon after the start of the Belmont and never looked back, turning away any challenge to take the “Test of the Champion” by nearly two lengths.

"This horse ran a tremendous race. He's so gifted,'' said Justify's Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. "He's sent from heaven. I tell you, it's just amazing. I can't describe the emotions going through my body right now.'' 

“The great ones, they just find another gear,” Baffert said of Justify after watching the colt draw away to his win “He is a magnificent animal.” 

Baffert's two previous Belmont winners, American Pharoah and Point Given, both went on to win Horse of the Year honors. Justify likely cemented his place alongside his “stablemates” with Saturday's win.

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