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He finished fifth on Frammento three years ago, when Victor Espinoza became the first and only jockey to win the Triple Crown on American Pharoah since 18-year-old Steve Cauthen, The Kid, became the youngest jockey to win a Triple Crown on Affirmed in 1978.

The victory marks the second Triple Crown win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who also won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes with American Pharoah in 2015.

Sunday Silence was voted American Horse of the Year in 1989 despite losing to rival Easy Goer at Belmont. "There's no one more deserving than him". They just knew his presence.

"Justify has surprised me and others throughout his life", she told The Canadian Press.

Several weeks later he competed in the second leg of the three-race trilogy, The Preakness, and won in dominant fashion despite heavy rain and mud slowing the field down. But we have to have the horse, and Bob made me feel pretty good leaving the paddock. "They found the horse".

Jim Fitzsimmons accomplished the feat with Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935. He moved ahead of D. Wayne Lukas (at 14) with this Triple Crown run.

"I'm grateful to have a horse like this, to have the opportunity to be here, to make history like this is an incredible feeling", Baffert said. After a handful of agonizing Triple Crown misses, he broke through with Pharoah, solidifying his legacy.

He led from the start and was chased home by Gronkowski, formerly trained in Britain by Jeremy Noseda, with Hofburg in third. "I don't see why not go to the Belmont, as long as he stays like this".

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"I believe there's just a flow that guides me and when I follow it, fantastic things happen", he said. "I'll just have a bigger smile on my face, that's all". I knew this horse was doing well.

Justify paid $3.50 to place and $2.80 to show.

In addition to glory and a spot in horse racing history, Justify's ownerw will receive quite a lot of cash: Roughly $1.5 million in prize money will be handed out to the top finishers.

Smith, 52, became the oldest jockey to win a Triple Crown.

Charismatic died unexpectedly in February, according to Daily Racing Form, an unfortunate end for the horse that suffered an injury while leading in the closing stretch of the Belmont Stakes, forcing him to slow down and finish third. "He ran great, but we didn't win". There has been no such commitment from the owners of Justify.

War Emblem won the 2002 Kentucky Derby despite his jockey never meeting the horse until the morning of the race.

Justify keeps showing something new each time he races.

Apparently, Gronk the horse has the same kind of energy as Gronk the human, because, over the final mile, Gronk the horse stormed pass everyone - except for Justify - to finish in second place, which sent Gronk the human into a frenzy.