Justify defies the odds, captures Triple Crown

Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.

The late bloomer won the 150th Belmont Stakes in New York by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, leading all the way to give the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015, and now just three years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

Justify won the Belmont starting from the rail. The last Triple Crown from that spot at the Belmont was Secretariat, 45 years ago to the day Saturday.

Justify’s legacy? The key player on a horse racing ‘dream team’

Justify was the key player on a horse racing “dream team” — the best trainer of all time (confirmed Saturday) in Bob Baffert, a Hall of Fame jockey in Mike Smith who made all the right moves and a thoroughbred whose name will rise above them all.

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