Justify Wins Belmont Stakes to Claim Triple Crown

After winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Justify became the thirteenth horse in history to become a U.S. Triple Crown champion - and the horse has a Canadian connection.

Justify, who is 6-0 and is the first horse to sweep the series without racing at age 2, beat nine others to win - more competition than any other Triple Crown victor has beaten in the Belmont.

Because Justify trampled on the Curse of Apollo, which said no horse could win the Kentucky Derby without running as a 2-year-old, he'll be talked about as the flag bearer for a new generation of lightly raced Triple Crown contenders.

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The chestnut colt became the second undefeated horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on February 18.

Justify improved to six wins in as many starts and joined Seattle Slew as the only undefeated 3-year-olds to sweep the Triple Crown.

Justify, the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown, is partially owned by a company controlled by the top employees of Jewish investor George Soros.

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The chestnut colt is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and was ridden to victory by veteran jockey Mike Smith. As he crossed the finish line, the race caller exclaimed, "American Pharoah is finally the one!" Instead of thanking the horse's owner and the trainer, the very first thing he told NBC while being interviewed on horseback following the race, "First of all, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ".

Find out what the race's participants had to say after the 2018 Belmont Stakes. But he (Justify) ran the whole mile and one half today, and he earned it (Triple Crown). What are the Triple Crown races? "The raw talent is there", Baffert said. I tell you, it's just incredible. It's the pinnacle of a career that has seen him win more than 5,400 races, including a record 26 in the Breeders' Cup, and now seven Triple Crown races. "When he was that far back early, I said to myself, 'This is not going to end well.' He's just so far back, and there are quality horses in front of him, and then I saw the fractions and said, 'How is this horse going to close?'" The USA Today broke down why it is so hard for a horse to pull off the Triple Crown.

"I can't describe the emotions going through my body right now", he continued. "He's so gifted. He's sent from heaven". "I was going to bring four (horses) but I didn't want to buck those odds of, like a year ago".

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Vino Rosso finished fourth, followed by Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy before a crowd of 90,327.

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