"Justify is a super horse".
Jockey Jose Ortiz rode the rail through the final turn of the 1 1/2-mile test, angled out, and loomed behind Justify, ready to break plenty of hearts.
The first horse to load in the gate, Justify stayed so still and steady as the other nine followed suit that Smith anxious for a moment that he might not break at all. I don't think the fast track will hurt him (or for that matter Bravazo, ) but it could give a big boost to some of the others. Gronkowski, named after the New England Patriots star, finished in second place, while Hofburg came in third. He won his first three races by a combined 19 lengths, making trainer Bob Baffert a believer. The co-owner and President of WinStar Farm, Elliott Walden, told The Baltimore Sun that he's looking forward to the next race as much as the fans are.
And on they thundered, with the front-running jockey keeping the red-and-yellow silks clean as the other horses got caked in dirt. 'He got really rank with him. It could have been a whole different story for us if Justify wasn't here, but he was, and you've got to run against everybody. As far as this horse goes, one of the things that I thought was important was we're behind the 8-ball. "It would have been even worse if he was behind horses".
"I'd like to see John win the race!" "This horse ran a tremendous race, he's so gifted", Smith said. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice. "I will never know".
Baffert is only the second trainer in the sport's history to win the Triple Crown twice.
"He's sent from Heaven", Smith said.
"He has natural speed".
"The raw talent is there, " trainer Bob Baffert said.
He had to run a quarter-mile longer than he ever had before to take the win.
"I'm getting help upstairs", he said in the press conference. On Sunday, he said there's no plan as of now.
"At first I was like, 'Dang, we're in last place by like 15 yards, '" Rob Gronkowski told The Boston Globe. Baffert called Justify one of the all-time greats. In 2014, a Peter Pan victor, Tonalist, squelched California Chrome's Triple Crown bid.
That sort of conflict had professional handicapper Kevin Cox tweeting Saturday, "THIS is why common trainers & owners need to be coupled".
"I've had some really great horses, " he said. "He could have won every race on the undercard today".