Justify Has Won The Belmont Stakes, Securing The Triple Crown by Buzzfeed

Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday evening, fitting just the 13th ever horse to snag the prestigious Triple Crown.

The 3-year-aged thoroughbred colt crossed the finished line first at original York’s Belmont Park at the 150th running of the race after taking an early lead.

To win the Triple Crown, a horse must win everything three major US races: the Belmont Stakes, the Kentucky Derby, and the Preakness Stakes.

Justify, trained by Bob Baffert and rode by Mike Smith, won the Kentucky Derby on May 5 and the Preakness on May 19.

“It’s been an incredible journey,” Baffert said earlier this week. “He’s a very fearless type of horse.”

The final time a horse won the Triple Crown was in 2015, when American Pharoah, who was also trained by Baffert, secured the prestigious award.

Prior to American Pharoah’s win, a horse had not won the Triple Crown in 37 years.

When Justify was victorious at Louisville’s Churchill Downs, the chestnut colt became the first horse that didn’t race as a 2-year-aged to win the flee for the Roses since Apollo won in 1882.

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