Justify was also the fifth horse trained by Baffert to win the first two races of the Triple Crown, and those five Triple Crown attempts represent three more than any other trainer.
The big chestnut colt with the appetite to match burst onto the national scene with a 2?-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby. Coming under a full drive before he even straightened for home, Hofburg had to grind every step of the way just to outlast a weakening Vino Rosso for third by a neck. "When you're standing in the winner's circle in the Derby there's nothing like it, but this is kind of cool because I'm a New Yorker, it's a little special".
"It definitely seemed to me he was more of an offensive lineman than a racehorse trying to win the Belmont, and Justify was a running back trying to run for a touchdown". You know, I was meant to get this horse.
Scat Daddy's bloodlines include Canadian-breds Nijinsky (an English Triple Crown champion), Northern Dancer and Storm Bird.
"What an wonderful experience, my heart was pounding and I had to sit down", said Gunther, who witnessed Justify's historic run at Belmont Park.
This deal makes Justify the most valuable horse in history, reports ESPN.
Gronkowski came on to finish second, with Hofburg third.
Earlier, Baffert and jockey Mike Smith teamed to win the $750,000 Ogden Phipps with Abel Tasman.
Justify ridden Mike Smith leads the field at the end of the back straight at Belmont Park. Pic AP
If he stays in the east, Justify now goes on to either the Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth Park or the Jim Dandy at Saratoga.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor is the early 4-5 favorite for Saturday's 11/2-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling of the three-race series.
"This horse ran a tremendous race, he's so gifted", Smith said.
At 6-0, Justify joins the legendary Seattle Slew (1977) as the only two undefeated Triple Crown winners.
Gunther guesses Justify's next race will be $1.25-million Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 25 at Saratoga, with an eventual appearance at the Breeder's Cup.
It worked to perfection as Smith put an exclamation point on his illustrious career, guiding Justify to victory in the 1½-mile race that was over with an eighth of a mile to go. He's sent from heaven, it's just awesome. Often it's the final quarter-mile that does in a contender. Does Justify's Triple Crown win change that thinking? Breaking from the less-than-desired No. 1 post, Smith gunned Justify to the lead and never looked back.
Among those expected to be on hand is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Prior to American Pharoah's triumph, the drought between Triple Crown winners had been on unprecedented 37 years, when Affirmed bested Alydar in all three Triple Crown races in 1978.
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