NEW YORK — Triple Crown winner Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year, although no date or location has been targeted yet after the colt came out of his Belmont Stakes victory in good condition.
Sources: Triple Crown gives Justify $75M value
Justify’s Triple Crown victory Saturday was worth an additional $15 million, sources told ESPN, pushing the value of the horse’s breeding rights to a record $75 million.
Justify defies the odds, captures Triple Crown
Justify has won the Triple Crown with a Belmont Stakes victory, becoming the 13th horse to do so and the second under trainer Bob Baffert, who won in 2015 with American Pharoah.
The scene from Belmont: No pandemonium, but history
Just three years removed from the most recent Triple Crown, the 90,000 who showed up to cheer Justify were not turning their noses up at a chance to witness history.
Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm said Sunday the multiowner group that controls Justify wants to share the horse with the public by racing him. 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 Feb. 18.
Justify is set to return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday. On June 17, the colt will travel to trainer Bob Baffert’s base in Southern California to await his next move.
Justify became the 13th Triple Crown winner and second since 2015 with a victory Saturday in the Belmont after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.