Twitter reacts to Justify capturing Triple Crown with dominant Belmont Stakes win

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Justify made all the running under Mike Smith to win the Belmont Stakes and become the 13th horse to complete the Triple Crown on Sunday morning (AEST).

Bob Baffert watches the Brooklyn Invitational, a race his horse Hoppertunity won at Belmont Park on Saturday. A flop at the track might make Coolmore, whose USA business Ashford Stud also has American Pharoah's breeding rights, more cool on a Triple Crown winner's stock. He did so in 2015 with American Pharoah, a colt that ended a 37-year drought.

The 2018 Belmont Stakes took place Saturday, and history was made. He won the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths and then survived a half-length victory in the Preakness, both on sloppy tracks.

Justify is now the 13th horse to win the greatest honor of horse-racing, and only the second since 1998.

Justify was able to break quickly and avoid even a hint of traffic or jostling.

Justify and jockey Mike Smith have drawn gate 1, meaning that it will be an absolute must for the colt to have the same speed he has shown in previous starts, especially during the first quarter-mile.

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"It was exciting to think about what could be down the road with this horse", Brown said.

Justify keeps showing something new each time he races. "This horse ran a tremendous race". He was able to distance himself from that challenger, and when he asked Justify to pick up the pace during the middle of the stretch run, he was in excellent shape.

Yes, that's right. There's a horse named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gallant Fox, Omaha and War Admiral accomplished the feat in the 1930s. In other words, the team behind a Triple Crown victor simply receives the sum total of the top prizes in each race. Their words were tinged with emotion as they spoke after the race.

Smith thanked Baffert for giving him the opportunity to ride Justify into the history books. After Smith led Vindication to victory at the Breeders' Cup, Baffert opted to replace Smith with Jerry Bailey for the Kentucky Derby.

"I just kept a leg on each side and my mind in the middle", Smith said.

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