People Are Saying There Was Collusion In Justify's Triple Crown Win
Jun 13 2018 by Marjorie Miles
The owners of other entries in the Belmont Stakes have called for an investigation into the race, claiming that Justify trainer Bob Baffert may have used another horse in his stable to run interference for the Triple Crown victor.
Owned in partnership by China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, Justify earned $800,000 for the win and boosted his bankroll to $3,798,000. In the wake of his Belmont triumph on Saturday, they said they were open to the idea of keeping him on the racetrack but wanted to be absolutely sure he was healthy after a whirlwind schedule in which he raced and won six times, beginning in mid-February. Justifywill continue to race throughout the year.
"The day the horse leaves the racecourse is the end of his career and his future is entirely determined by the success of his progeny", says Sam Bullard, director of stallions at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, part of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin racing outfit.
Undefeated Triple Crown victor Justify returned to Churchill Downs in the early afternoon June 11.
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Durant has said the same to business partner Rich Kleiman, though he said he would "believe it when it happens". The 6-foot-9 forward is so long that he doesn't necessarily need elite athleticism to be a great scorer.
"We hope this entire group will be assembled again in late August in Saratoga", Kay said.
The historic win makes Justify the 13th Triple Crown champion and the first to claim the title since American Pharoah did it in 2015.
'It baffled me, ' Repole said.
The season-ending Breeders' Cup world championships are in Louisville on November 2-3. "We were in the office watching the replay over and over". We're just so proud of him.
Belmont second-place finisher Gronkowski, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred III, made his North American debut in the race for owner Phoenix Thoroughbred III. But now what? Has another "savior" of horse racing come and gone? He was managed so well by Bob and his staff.
The age limit for horses in the Derby is three years.
Fifty-two-year-old Smith is now the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. He pricked his ears at the sound of the shutter clicks and when Baffert led him closer, he playfully bit at one camera. "He was showing me the brilliance, superior horse".
Justify's victory silenced the skeptics who believed the colt was due for a loss because of his rushed schedule and close result in the Preakness. "Oh, Mike. Don't empty that tank", Baffert said.