Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Justify back at Churchill Downs as fans bask in Triple Crown glory

Justify back at Churchill Downs as fans bask in Triple Crown glory

"Our focus was on each race as they came up", Walden said after unveiling Justify's Triple Crown banner inside Belmont Park.

Baffert was a little nervous after the first quarter-mile when Justify went out fast.

As much as today's trainers and jockeys seem to enjoy the spotlight, enhancing their brands, they still operate primarily behind the scenes, and more is left unsaid in lieu of quiet understandings and business relationships.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled American Pharoah to end a 37-year-old Triple Crown drought in 2015, thus became the second trainer along with "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons to train two Triple Crown winners, with Fitzsimmons having conditioned Gallant Fox (1930) and his son, Omaha (1935). 'He got really rank with him.

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Critics aren't buying the trainer's defense, though.

"I'd never thought I'd be this close to the most famous race horse in the world", King said.

In an interview with Newsday, Repole said: "I watched the replay a bunch of times, the head-on, the aerial view, and I believe in what I said".

Restoring Hope's owner, Gary West, was among those frustrated with the race.

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"I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", he told the Post in an email. A plan will be formulated once the chestnut colt recovers from a compressed schedule that saw him win six races over 111 days since his debut on February 18.

"I was just watching the clock".

"This ran a tremendous race". "He'll walk at least the next two to three days - as long as he'll allow us to - and then we'll see which direction we'll head as far as training". "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".

'Nothing was brought to our attention, ' Lewandowski said.

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Geroux offered a similar explanation to the Daily Racing Form, saying the plan was always to move Restoring Hope to a forward position.

At 6-0, he's the second undefeated Triple Crown victor; he's the first to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont without racing at age 2; and he's the only horse to beat nine rivals in the Belmont with a Triple try on the line.

'If said violation is without such effect upon the finish of the race, penalty therefore may be applied against the offender only'.

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