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Justify wins Triple Crown with dominant victory at Belmont

Justify wins Triple Crown with dominant victory at Belmont

Justify might have gotten an assist from stablemate Restoring Hope en route to winning the Triple Crown with a win at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Restoring Hope was running in second place right next to Justify for a good portion of the race, but tapered off and finished eighth.

While saying Justify was the deserving victor, Repole told reporter Tom Pedula he felt like Restoring Hope, a 37-1 shot, ran interference for Justify against other horses in the race. "When he broke a step slow - he's kind of an aggressive horse to ride, he pulls very hard - I wanted to make sure I put him in the clear", Geroux said.

When the group approached the first turn, Restoring Hope took a noticeably wide path to the right in front of Noble Indy before veering back to the left appearing to push Bravazo to an inside position behind Justify. "I would expect that probably in the next few days the NY stewards should at least ask him what he was thinking and what happened".

"He's even more magnificent than I thought he'd be".

San Diegans will get a chance to see Triple Crown victor Justify this summer.

Repole did tell The Post he considers Justify a "super horse", regardless of his questions about the Belmont.




Belmont second-place finisher Gronkowski, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred III, made his North American debut in the race for owner Phoenix Thoroughbred III.

Gary West, who owns Restoring Hope, was livid about the handling of his horse. "He's become a household name, and I'm looking forward to his next race as much as (everyone else)".

"I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", he said in an email response to a request for an interview.

Doug Bredar, the agent for Geroux, said he has no comment and Geroux has no comment.

Steve Lewandowski, the New York Gaming Commission steward, said Sunday that there is no plan to talk to Geroux. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice.

Preparations at Churchill Downs include posting new signs on trainer Bob Baffert's barn 33 that identify Justify as the 2018 Triple Crown victor just below the 2015 sign for American Pharoah. "I will never know". "His only chance was to be up near the lead in the first wave because he's like a one-dimensional horse".


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