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.
"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'sPimlico 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.
The front page of Diario Record has a photograph of Ronaldo with the headline: "Ronaldo will leave Real - Irreversible decision ". Cristiano Ronaldo didn't appear in Real's new kit promo after speculation about his future at the club.
Nadal lost the opener 6-4 against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman but began to play better after a rain delay of just under an hour. An anti-climactic match ended predictably, with a Sharapova backhand nestling in the net - her 27th unforced error.
And because it wasn't a title fight, the UFC should be extra grateful that Whittaker ended up beating Romero. After Yoel Romero missed weight for the second consecutive time in a title fight, Bisping sounded off.
Of the 300 children that have been there longer than 72 hours, nearly half are under the age of 12, according to the report. In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave direction for all instances of illegal border crossings to be prosecuted.
In response, Trump quipped to Trudeau, " Didn't you guys burn down the White House? " referring to the War of 1812 . Mexico had signaled last week that it meant to retaliate against the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.
The video previews, meanwhile, are exactly what they sound like: videos that give you a better look at an app than screenshots . Apple says it's not merging iOS and MacOS , but it is bringing more ideas from its mobile operating system into the desktop.
Curry stumbled over the outstretched feet of Kendrick Perkins before exchanging words with the inactive Cavs' big man. Warriors: Thompson played in his franchise-record 100th postseason game. "We don't have any dynasties".
Over five years, Curiosity has used its Tunable Laser Spectrometer to measure methane in the atmosphere at the Gale crater. Now, the rover has seemingly made a new discovery which will be revealed this Thursday, according to the space agency.
The older Block 4 model has been limited to two flights and is not being recovered to make room for the new rockets. Storm clouds delayed the liftoff 16 minutes from the opening of the four-hour window at 12:29 a.m.
Thousands in the Puna area had to evacuate after lava fissures started opening in neighbourhoods a month ago. Lava now extends more than a half-mile into Kapoho Bay, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Rashford stars as England beat Costa Rica in warm-up
Loftus-Cheek dragged wide from distance before goalkeeper Nick Pope came on for his debut among a swathe of England alterations. Alexander-Arnold was heavily involved, providing England width in their 3-5-2 system in a match they dominated from the start.
US singled out by G7 allies over tariffs ahead of summit
It has found that Canada is effectively dumping that product in America and has proposed tariffs of around 20% on the material. Trudeau had bitten his tongue through skirmishes over airplanes, lumber and North American Free Trade Agreement talks.
Sports News, Cavaliers face crucial game 3 test
Reluctant to take himself back to the moment at first, James described his thoughts and emotions during the huddle on Tuesday. I mean, I'll be active, I'll be in uniform Wednesday . "Excited about the opportunity that presents itself tomorrow".
Durant leads Warriors to 110-102 win vs Cavs
More importantly, who covers the spread, and will the final score hit the under or over? Running mate Klay Thompson shot 4-of-11. Thanks to Durant scoring 38, Golden State also beat Cleveland in Game 1 a year ago despite Klay Thompson shooting 3-for-16.
Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beat Croatia 2-0
It always seemed unlikely he would be fully match fit in time for Brazil's opening Group E match against Switzerland on June 17. That means they might be forced into selling some of their most valuable assets this summer, and Neymar could be one of them.
Leftist hypothesizes about Trump punching Melania
On Monday, however, the first lady will appear alongside her husband, President Trump , at an event honoring Gold Star families. However, she was reported to have attended ceremony on Monday event for Gold Star families that was closed to the press.