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  • Paniolo_GalPaniolo_Gal Member
    edited June 2018
    THE 2018 TRIPLE CROWN WIN BY JUSTIFY IS UNPRECEDENTED IN MANY WAYS...
    For those that missed my earlier posting showing the TC race results and betting stats, these are some interesting information in the same post with some add-on revisions that many might have missed...

    Trivia Milestones:
    ❖Bob Baffert becomes only the second trainer to win 2 Triple Crowns since Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons:
        ♦Gallant Fox-1930 & Omaha-1935.
    ❖Justify became the 36th winner of both the Kentucky Derby AND the Preakness Stakes to try for the TC.
    ❖Bob Baffert has had 5 previous chances to win the Triple Crown...2 out of 5 ain't bad!
        ♦Kentucky Derby & Preakness winners: Silver Charm 1997, Real Quiet 1998, War Emblem 2002.
        ♦Triple Crown winners: American Pharoah 2015 & Justify 2018
    ❖Justify becomes the 2nd Triple Crown winner who won with an undefeated record since Seattle Slew.
    ❖Justify is the ONLY undefeated Triple Crown winner who DID NOT RACE as a 2-year old.
        ♦Justify made his first start on 2/18/2018 at Santa Anita Park in a Maiden Special weight race for 3-year olds.
        ♦The 2/18/18 maiden race earned him a Beyer Speed Figure of 104.
        ♦On 3/11/18 Justify won his 2nd race with a 6-1/2 length win in an allowance.
        ♦To qualify for the Kentucky Derby, he won his 1st graded stakes in the Santa Anita Derby [G1] on 4/7/18.
        ♦Including the Triple Crown races, Justify has won 6 out of 6 as a 3-year old...all within 112 days!
    ❖Mike Smith becomes the oldest jockey (Age 52) to win the Triple Crown
    ❖Trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Justify became the first recipients of the newly designed Triple Crown Trophy.
    ❖The last horse to win from post position 1 was Empire Maker in 2003.
    Justify becomes the 13th Triple Crown Winner!
        ♦3 years after American Pharoah in 2015!
        ♦40 years since Affirmed in 1978!

    Mike Smith Celebrates With Justify's Gate-To-Wire Triple Crown Win!
    image Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images via The Mercury News — 6/9/2018
  • KetaKeta Member
    Paniolo_Gal
    THE 2018 TRIPLE CROWN WIN BY JUSTIFY IS UNPRECEDENTED IN MANY WAYS...
    What a great read with interesting facts!
    Thanks for your work in writing and posting it.
    Hope you are having a good Sunday
    Keta
  • QueenZFan22QueenZFan22 Member
    edited June 2018
    Belmont Challengers Regroup After Facing Justify: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/227995/belmont-challengers-regroup-after-facing-justify
    Post-Belmont News Update:
  • Horsemen question Geroux's ride on Restoring Hope: http://www.drf.com/news/horsemen-question-gerouxs-ride-restoring-hope
  • Horsemen question Geroux's ride on Restoring Hope: http://www.drf.com/news/horsemen-question-gerouxs-ride-restoring-hope

    Here's another interesting article about the controversy https://washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2018/06/10/did-justify-get-undue-help-from-another-bob-baffert-horse-in-winning-at-belmont/?utm_term=.4d217c7d1ba2
    I do think something a bit shady was going on in some capacity, but sadly, all it does it take away from the horse and put racing in a bad light.
  • Smacks of sour grapes... but nobody's saying Justify wouldn't have won anyway... if that's the case, why say anything?
  • Paniolo_GalPaniolo_Gal Member
    edited June 2018
    Thanks @Keta! It was fun researching and gathering the stats on Justify, Baffert and the Belmont. But...Here are more add-on stats to the original list below:

    THE 2018 TRIPLE CROWN WIN BY JUSTIFY IS UNPRECEDENTED IN MANY WAYS (REVISED)...
    For those that missed my earlier posting showing the TC race results and betting stats, these are some interesting information in the same post with some add-on revisions that many might have missed...

    Trivia Milestones:
    ❖Bob Baffert becomes only the second trainer to win 2 Triple Crowns since Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons:
        ♦Father & Son TC champions: Gallant Fox-1930 & Omaha-1935.
    ❖Justify became the 36th winner of both the Kentucky Derby AND the Preakness Stakes to try for the TC.
    ❖Bob Baffert has had 5 previous chances to win the Triple Crown...2 out of 5 ain't bad!
        ♦Kentucky Derby & Preakness winners: Silver Charm 1997, Real Quiet 1998, War Emblem 2002.
        ♦Triple Crown winners: American Pharoah 2015 & Justify 2018
    ❖Justify becomes the 2nd Triple Crown winner who won with an undefeated record since Seattle Slew.
    ❖Justify is the ONLY undefeated Triple Crown winner who DID NOT RACE as a 2-year old.
        ♦Justify made his first start on 2/18/2018 at Santa Anita Park in a Maiden Special weight race for 3-year olds.
        ♦The 2/18/18 maiden race earned him a Beyer Speed Figure of 104.
        ♦On 3/11/18 Justify won his 2nd race with a 6-1/2 length win in an allowance.
        ♦To qualify for the Kentucky Derby, he won his 1st graded stakes in the Santa Anita Derby [G1] on 4/7/18.
        ♦Including the Triple Crown races, Justify has won 6 out of 6 as a 3-year old...all within 112 days!
    ❖Mike Smith becomes the oldest jockey (Age 52) to win the Triple Crown
    ❖Trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Justify became the first recipients of the newly designed Triple Crown Trophy.
    ❖The last horse to win from post position 1 was Empire Maker in 2003.
    Justify becomes the 13th Triple Crown Winner!
        ♦3 years after American Pharoah in 2015!
        ♦40 years since Affirmed in 1978!

    Added-on:
    ❖ The Belmont Stakes was the first race to be run counter-clockwise in 1921.
    ❖Justify won the Triple Crown...45 years to the day that Secretariat did.
    ❖All 13 Triple Crown winners were born in the U.S.A.
    ❖Justify competed against the largest amount of rivals for a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes with 9 opponents.
    ❖Bob Baffert's 15th Triple Crown victory, broke a tie with D. Wayne Lukas for most wins by a trainer.
        ♦5 Kentucky Derbies
        ♦7 Preaknesses
        ♦3 Belmonts
    ❖Baffert who had 5 chances by winning the first 2 legs, had 3 more chances than any other trainer.
    ❖Adding the 1st place prize money for all 3 TC races, Justify's team has won $3 million ($3,040,000)!
        ♦$758,000 earnings prior to the TC races
        ♦$1.24M for the Kentucky Derby
        ♦$900,000 for the Preakness
        ♦$900,000 for the Belmont
        ♦$3,798,000 current career earnings (6:6-0-0)*
        ♦With 6 races, Justify averaged $633,000 per race*
        *Stats from Equibase
    ❖ Fun Fact: Justify's favorite treat are peeled baby carrots!
    ❖ Justify got his name from the Bible by Elliott Walden, CEO of WinStar who used a term in Romans 9 and 10...which refers to being "justified" by faith.

    Justify crossing the finishline!
    image Photo by Julie Jacobson/AP Photo via www.foxnews.com — 6/9/2018

  • RachelRachel Member
    Justified by faith. Hmm, yes. Our faith in him WAS justified.
  • Romans is a small book but a dense, full one. I rather like it because of that and the name I definitely enjoy. I liked Creator, too.
  • KetaKeta Member
    This is a fun video to watch-
    Justify & American Pharoah winning the Belmont

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