Last Updated: 10/06/18 12:17am
Justify etched his name into American racing history with a brilliant victory in the Belmont Stakes in New York seeing him become just the 13th horse to claim the Triple Crown.
Hot on the heels of his wins in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the unbeaten Bob Baffert-trained three-year-old passed the so-called ‘Test of the Champion’ in the mile-and-a-half Belmont with flying colours.
In doing so, he emulated Baffert’s American Pharoah, who in 2015 was the first to land all three races since Affirmed in 1978.
Ridden by Mike Smith, 52, Justify is only the second undefeated runner to win the Triple Crown, after the great Seattle Slew in 1977, with Baffert the second trainer to achieve the feat twice.
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