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Justify 4/5 favorite to win Belmont, complete triple crown

Tenfold a three-year-old thoroughbred is looking to beat Justify at the Belmont Stakes Saturday running in support of Homes For Our Troops a nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans Belmont Stakes 2018: The 6 horses that are the best bets to upset Justify
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As a general rule, jockeys get 10% of the prize money for races in which their horses win or place. He followed it up with a half-length win in the slop in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness on May 19.

The dark bay colt named after the football star was summarily discounted in the June 9 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1).

He didn't flinch when greeted by a roaring crowd as he walked onto the track.

Said Troutt, "I was yelling and screaming".

Trainer Bob Baffert, right, leads Justify out of Barn 33 at Churchill Downs the morning after winning the 144th Kentucky Derby. This time, the celebration wasn't quite as sustained, but the accomplishment was even more impressive.

And the horse proved his trainer prescient, winning a Triple Crown with a mesmerizing and dominant victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

And history was made again.

A colt with a Canadian connection has made history as just the 13th horse to win horse racing's Triple Crown.

"To make history like this is just an incredible feeling", said WinStar CEO Elliott Walden, who in his previous life as a trainer spoiled Baffert's attempt at a Triple Crown in 1998 when Victory Gallop beat Real Quiet.

Jim Fitzsimmons accomplished the feat with Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.

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"It's just fantastic", said Baffert, his voice hitching. It was a different vibe than 2015, when he admittedly felt pressure to win with American Pharoah.

At the age of 52, Smith, a devout Christian, is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown and only one has done so since 1978 (American Pharoah, 2015). The last time there were two Triple Crown champions in the same decade was the 1970s, which produced Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed.

Justify, bred by John Gunther in Kentucky, emerged from the fog at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course to hold off Bravazo by half a length in the Preakness.

"It's such an wonderful horse", said Gunther from Elmont. "He's sent from heaven. And I thought maybe, because I could see Gronkowski flying, but he just couldn't get to that horse". "I was going insane down the stretch".

Baffert had fretted after Justify drew the No. 1 post, a spot he detests for his horses. The horse helped. Asked if he'd rank Justify as the greatest thoroughbred, Smith laughed.

Baffert saddled a second horse: 30-1 shot Restoring Hope.

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.

In the hours before the race, Justify rested in Belmont's Barn 1, across the street from a Wendy's, undistracted by the beer-soaked fans who reveled close by - including one who almost relieved himself on a tree. It shows a horse eating the flowers off a women's hat and the jockey reimbursing her in the winner's circle with Quick Pay.

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