Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Losing owner calls for investigation into tactics used in Belmont Stakes

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Rita Gibson | 13 June, 2018, 11:44

Justify certified his place in racing immortality when he won 150th Belmont S. (G1), defeating Gronkowski by almost to length to become the 13th victor of the historic Triple Crown. A plan will be formulated once the chestnut colt recovers from a compressed schedule that saw him win six races over 111 days since his debut on February 18. He said the horse traveled well and will be "just taking it easy" for a few days before this weekend's celebration and his return to California.

Justify is the first Triple Crown victor to face that many rivals in Belmont.

The win marks the second Triple Crown for Justify's coach, trainer Bob Baffert, in just three years - he also won in 2015 with American Pharoah.

"It never gets old", Baffert said. "After a week, it starts catching up with them". And, that's where Justify remained the rest of the way.

There is a possible he may hit the track for the $1 million Pacific Classic on August 18 at Del Mar.

Baffert - who has won more Triple Crown races than anyone - complimented his team for helping the horse, which ran three major, testing races in five weeks.

Justify ridden by jockey Mike Smith wins the 150th Belmont Stakes
Justify ridden by jockey Mike Smith wins the 150th Belmont Stakes

Steve Lewandowski, the New York Gaming Commission steward, said there was no plan to question Geroux, the Daily Racing Form reported.

"We hope this entire group will be assembled again in late August in Saratoga", Kay said. On the other side of the deal was Coolmore, the breeding farm that also oversees American Pharoah's sire activities.

"Everybody thinks I'm so opposed to Saratoga", he said.

The season-ending Breeders' Cup world championships are in Louisville on November 2-3.

Restoring Hope owner Gary West said he had "no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", but Geroux defended his decision Sunday. "We were in the office watching the replay over and over. There is no one more deserving than him". None of the other nine horses had a chance to catch him. His rare sweep included a 2 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and a hard-fought half-length win in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Justify's winning time was 2:28.18 for the 1 ½ miles over a track rated fast, unlike his two previous wins, which came over sloppy tracks at Churchill Downs and Pimlico.

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