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Justify: Everything you need to know about the 3-Year-Old horse racing for a rare Triple Crown

With a victory, the dominant racehorse could become the 13th Triple Crown winner in history. Here are some things you need to know.


Kahron Spearman


Justify will battle 15 other horses at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York, this weekend.

 

With a victory, the dominant racehorse will become the 13th Triple Crown (winning Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes) winner in history, after American Pharoah, who attained the feat in 2015 after a drought lasting over three decades.

(On Justify's training run) He just looked like he was just getting over it really well. He looked like he was happy. He was a little aggressive. He was a little fresh today, but you know he couldn't have looked any better coming around there.

Bob Baffert
Trainer

To win a Triple Crown, you need some events to break the horse's way, especially some historical precedents. Justify was a favorite going into the 144th Kentucky Derby on May 5, history was against him, via the so-called "Apollo Curse."

 

Since 1882, the "Run for the Roses" had never been won by a horse that did not race as a 2-year-old. Justify snapped a more than a century-old streak in winning in Lexington. The last horse to win under those conditions was Apollo - 136 years ago.

Justify's trainer, Bob Baffert, trained the last Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. 

 

Baffert's horses have won five Kentucky Derbies, seven Preakness Stakes, two Belmont Stakes and three Kentucky Oaks - considered the next major after the Triple Crown races.

 

Throughout his career, the 65-year-old has earned millions of dollars and regarded as the world's best trainer, with American Pharoahs accomplishments solidifying his legacy. Justify's win would cement him as a legend.

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