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The throughbred's accomplishment marks the second horse to win the elusive three races in three years, as American Pharoah also took home the tile in 2015.

The TV was showing a replay of Justify's wire-to-wire victory Saturday in the 150th Belmont Stakes, a dominating performance that stamped the massive chestnut colt as one of the greatest in thoroughbred history.

The triumvirate of the Hall of Fame jockey, the Hall of Fame trainer and the unbeaten, unflappable chestnut colt, who had looked every bit the prohibitive favorite in the days leading up to the race, draped the track in anticipation of the kind of memorable NY event that only the Yankees have provided over the past decade outside of Belmont Park.

All that remained was to prove that he had the toughness and resolve to conquer the longest, most grueling leg of the Triple Crown.

Justify led all the way in achieving one of the sports world's toughest feats 45 years to the day that Secretariat won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths.

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The victor was chased home by Lonhro colt Gronkowski, who was making his first start for Chad Brown having previously been trained in Britain by Jeremy Noseda, with Hofburg in third. In defeating nine foes in the Belmont Stakes, he turned back the largest field to challenge a potential Triple Crown victor, yet another element that allows him to stand alone.

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. The only other unbeaten Triple Crown victor was Seattle Slew in 1977. "He is a magnificent animal".

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

Give Troutt and Walden credit. The most rested entry is Gronkowski, having last run on March 30 in England.

Baffert had fretted after Justify drew the No. 1 post, a spot he detests for his horses.

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Baffert said Justify was simply the best horse at the track on Saturday.

"This horse ran a tremendous race, he's so gifted", Smith said. Vino Rosso made the most serious move to get within a length but never threatened.

Gronk betting $69 on his horse in a race that was being run on 6/9 was probably one of just two predictable things in a race that had several surprises. The lightly regarded Gronkowski, dead last through the first half-mile, fittingly played the role of lead disrupter.

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith celebrates after Justify's Belmont Stakes victory on Saturday. "The weather cooled down, the wind kind of came, I felt so good".

With Justify in the same position after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Baffert hoped for a case of history repeating. and the King worked his magic.

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Baffert complimented his team for helping the horse, which ran three major, testing races in five weeks.


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