The drought before that lasted so long - 37 years, in fact - that many began to believe that horse racing's grand sweep would never again be accomplished.
NEW YORK -Justify has won the Triple Crown. He burnished his reputation by defeating nine rivals, the most faced by any Triple Crown champion.
No chance. Between his imposing size and the way his chestnut coat glistens in the sun, Justify is hard to overlook, particularly with his muscular hind legs propelling him forward. So, even if you aren't typically a horse racing fan, you might want to tune in to see if history is made.
Justify has won all six stakes races he has run.
Justify's triumph came 45 years to the day that Secretariat won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths, in a record 2:24, to clinch the 1973 Triple Crown.
He won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on May 5, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the "Run for the Roses" without a start as a two-year-old, breaking the so-called "Curse of Apollo".
This was only his sixth race, and some bettors anxious that he packed too many races in the past 110 days.
It will be the first time Justify runs on a dry track in the Triple Crown series.
At 52, Mike Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.
The 37-year wait for the Triple Crown of horse racing, mercifully ended three years ago when incredible American Pharoah crossed the finish line first at the 2015 Belmont Stakes, was at the same time exasperating, demoralizing, and borderline comical.
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