Triple Crown victor Justify will race at Del Mar Racetrack


The 3-year-old colt improved to 6-0 in its racing career that began in February.

At 52, Mike Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

'Had I known better, the first eighth of a mile I would have thought it was a quarter-horse race, not the mile-and-a-half Belmont. "He is a Triple Crown victor and he's undefeated", Repole said to the New York Post.

The Derby is 1.25 miles in length. "He's a remarkable horse to run in all three legs as well as he did". "He could have won every race on the undercard today".

By the time Seattle Slew arrived at the 1977 Kentucky Derby, he had been racing and training since the previous September.

Abel Tasman won the $750,000 Ogden Phipps - with jockey Mike Smith, who also rode Justify to the big win - and then Hopportunity took the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational.

The Preakness is 1 and 3/16 miles in length.

In the end, at least for the wider sports world, the first turn of the 2018 Belmont Stakes will eventually fade into the background, leaving only sour grapes.

1890-1909 - The Preakness is run at Gravesend Track in Brooklyn, New York.

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The longest of the three triple crown races at 1.5 miles; often referred to as the "Test of the Champion". He wouldn't have gotten the (1½-mile) distance, but he wasn't given the opportunity, either.

The victor of the race is given a blanket made of between 300-400 white carnations, the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes.

Other Triple Crown winners include Sir Barton (1919), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948) and Secretariat (1973).

June 19, 1867 - The first Belmont Stakes takes place at Jerome Park in the Bronx, New York.

Justify's achievement follows 2015 champion American Pharoah, who was also trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

Six of the 10 horses in the Belmont were Keeneland sales graduates.

Jockey Florent Geroux (center in pink silks) is seen leaving the gate at the Belmont Stakes, with victor Justify on the far left.

Bred by John D. Gunther, Justify was consigned by Gunther's Glennwood Farm, agent, to the 2016 September Sale, where he sold for $500,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing.

Wearing a white blanket advertising his status as the sport's 13th Triple Crown victor, Justify walked laps inside the barn before coming outside to greet a slew of cameras.