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Glass is ‘hoof’ full for Notre Dame football after Justify’s Triple Crown

14 June 2018

Kenny Troutt, owner of WinStar Farm accepted the newly designed Triple Crown trophy with Teo Ah King, the founder of China Horse Club. That's his job, to protect the other horse, and it worked for them.

Whatever the tactics, Justify ended up on top and earned his Triple Crown. Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, groom Eduardo "Lalo" Luna, and exercise rider Humberto Gomez accompanied Justify on the van ride and flight.

Because of his value as a stud, there's a chance that Justify's racing career is over, though there are still a few races he could take on later in the year.

Trainer Bob Baffert scored his second Triple Crown win, following American Pharoah in 2015. After not racing as a two-year-old, he now has an undefeated record and is a Triple Crown champion - his jump from grand potential to richest horse in racing happened all within the past six months. "There is no one more deserving than him".

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Baffert's tied Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons as the only trainer to saddle two Triple Crown winners.

Florent Geroux - Restoring Hope's jockey - said that Restoring Hope's plan was independent of Justify's, and he had some trouble controlling the horse. Galloping through fractions of 23.37 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.11 for the half, 1:13.21 for three quarters and 1:38.09 for the mile, Justify entered the far turn without having been asked for run, still two lengths clear of his stablemate and closest rival, with Bravazo hanging on in third. "He could have won every race on the undercard today". "As such, Mr. Lewandowski indicated neither he nor his fellow stewards plan to discuss race strategy with Florent Geroux".

Justify was purchased as a yearling for $500,000 and debuted less than four months ago on February 18, going on to win all five races he started.

Coming off the historic race at the Belmont Stakes, Del Mar racetrack spokeswoman Carrie Jones told FOX 5 that Justify will be stabled at the San Diego racetrack.

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"This horse ran a tremendous race, he's so gifted", Smith said.

In providing a second Triple Crown in a span of three years, however, Justify has done his part to make the achievement mainstream once again. Among those in the crowd was Denise King of Raceland, Kentucky, who took a break from a conference to come to Churchill Downs with a friend and see a bit of history.

Jockey Florent Geroux (center in pink silks) is seen leaving the gate at the Belmont Stakes, with victor Justify on the far left. "He's become a household name and I'm looking forward to his next race as much as [everyone else]".

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Glass is ‘hoof’ full for Notre Dame football after Justify’s Triple Crown