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Justify roared to an imperious victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon, becoming the 13th horse to win thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown and only the second in 40 years.

If he ends up in the winner's circle on Saturday, Justify will be just the second horse in the last 40 years to complete the Triple Crown.

The large and muscular Justify, owned by China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm, made 52-year-old Smith the oldest jockey to ever win the Triple Crown.

Now owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, Justify defeated former United Kingdom galloper Gronkowski by just on two lengths with Hofburg back in third.

"To become just the 13th victor of the Triple Crown is incredible and even more special is the fact that he is only the second Triple Crown victor to be bought at public auction after Seattle Slew in 1977".

Before the Belmont, which Justify won by 13/4 lengths over surprise second-place finisher Gronkowski, the massive chestnut colt with the white blaze had won the Kentucky Derby by 21/2 lengths.

"Any time we're consigning yearlings, we're going to get people certainly taking a second look at our consignments when we do sell yearlings". Two weeks later, Justify weathered torrential rain and a blanket of fog to win the Preakness Stakes, setting himself up for the Triple Crown bid.

Regardless, Baffert said that there's a major difference between his two legendary horses. Real Quiet came up and pulled away from Victory, but the horse wasn't going to let it go away without a fight.

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At The Derby Bar and Grill in Surrey, B.C. fans packed in to cheer Justify - and Gunther - on Saturday.

When American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, America hadn't seen one in 37 years. Mara said of Smith.

"I think he's the best we've seen in some time", said Canterbury Racing Analyst Brian Arrigoni. American Pharoah, he'll always be my first love and for this horse to do it, and for Mike Smith - Mike deserves something like this.

Justify had to win the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

"For him to close up that much ground off a really easy pace, it was a remarkable race that he ran".

He told CBN News last month how he prepares for a big race - with training strategy and prayer. But given the poor conditions of the first two races, combined with the unique length of the Belmont, there are lots of challengers to block Justify's run at history.

He is bidding to join Seattle Slew in 1977 as the only undefeated Triple Crown champions. I believe that given the circumstances, Justify's Triple Crown sweep is the greatest yet. Hofburg; 2. Justify; 3. Justify improved to 6-0 in a racing career that only began on February 18.