Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Losing owner calls for investigation into tactics used in Belmont Stakes

Losing owner calls for investigation into tactics used in Belmont Stakes

"Justify is an undefeated Triple Crown victor, which is an awesome accomplishment".

On Saturday, Justify won the Belmont Stakes to become the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown, only four years after American Pharoah swept through the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont.

The New York Times reported in the days leading up to the race that Soros's investment firm, Soros Fund Management, is behind SF Bloodstock and SF Racing Group, an worldwide breeding and racing operation started in 2008. In 2015, when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the Fighting Irish went 10-and-3 - falling to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. "He's just a little...stronger than what American Pharoah was". Justify's victory gives racing its second Triple Crown victor of the decade.

Baffert fell short the first three times he brought a horse to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown - with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002). Justify became the first colt in 136 years to win the Derby after not racing as a 2-year-old.

'The plan was to sit off Justify, ' the trainer said.

"There's been tremendous buzz", spokesman Darren Rogers said. "He's sent from heaven".

"It baffled me", Repole told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday.

BC-RAC-Justify Returns, 140Justify back at Churchill Downs after winning Triple CrownAP Photo KYTE10, KYTE102, KYTE103Eds: APNewsNow. "I can't describe the emotions that's going through my body right now".

While Justify and Mike Smith, his Hall of Fame rider, smoothly accelerated after breaking from the rail to seize the early lead, Geroux rode vigorously to hustle Restoring Hope toward the front.

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

'If my horse would have broke on top, I would have been on the lead and Justify laying second.

Smith got the big colt into a relaxed rhythm under a moderate pace heading into the backstretch, and he had an easy trip from there.

Justify, who cross the finish 1¾ lengths in front of 24-1 longshot and Keeneland sales graduate Gronkowski, is the 20th Belmont victor produced by Keeneland sales.

Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7. Once in the stretch, however, Justify continued to roll along, giving no signs of quitting, and Gronkowski had to settle for second, with second choice Hofburg coming on to edge Vino Rosso by a neck for show.

Vino Rosso finished fourth, followed by Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.

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