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Justify Captures Triple Crown With Win at Belmont

13 June, 2018, 11:45 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Justify is led to the stable after winning the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race and Triple Crown Saturday

A losing owner at the Belmont Stakes is accusing Justify's stablemate of engaging in horseplay.

Bob Baffert (center) trained both Justify and Restoring Hope.

Jockey Mike Smith reacts atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018, in Elmont, New York.

Gary West, who owns Restoring Hope, was livid about the handling of his horse.

Baffert also trained Triple Crown victor American Pharoah in 2015. My horse broke a step slow and Justify was already in front of me'.

Geroux said Sunday that he had some trouble controlling Restoring Hope. "He got really rank with him. I probably expect them to look into reckless riding by Florent and bring him in to question him about what he was thinking and what his tactics were".

Critics aren't buying the trainer's defense, though.

"Everybody thinks I'm so opposed to Saratoga", he said.

Justify with jockey Mike Smith up parades along the track after winning the Triple Crown at the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race Saturday
Bob Baffert horse Restoring Hope accused of blocking for Justify

Baffert can expect to hear from officials at several tracks eager to lure racing's newest superstar, much like he did with American Pharaoh.

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. The mile-and-a-half track at Belmont, significantly longer than the first two races in the Triple Crown, is known as the test of champions and the hardest race in the series. "But I said, I don't know, three is a good number".

Bred by John D. Gunther, Justify was consigned by Gunther's Glennwood Farm, agent, to the 2016 September Sale, where he sold for $500,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing.

At some point in the relatively recent past, it was decided that horses can no longer do what Justify has done, and therefore, what Justify has done is incredible. He won his first three races by a combined 19 lengths, making trainer Bob Baffert a believer.

Despite the allegations, New York Gaming Commission steward Steve Lewandowski told the Daily Racing Form that they don't plan to speak to Geroux about the race.

'Nothing was brought to our attention, ' Lewandowski said.

Undefeated Triple Crown victor Justify returned to Churchill Downs in the early afternoon June 11.

'If said violation is without such effect upon the finish of the race, penalty therefore may be applied against the offender only'.

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