Justify to Race Rest of Year After Winning Triple Crown at 2018 Belmont Stakes

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2018

Justify (1), with jockey Mike Smith up, leads the pack as it approaches the first turn during the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

Justify will not rest on the laurels of his Triple Crown triumph.

Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm's CEO and racing manager, said Justify will continue racing for the remainder of 2018.

"We're looking forward to sharing him [with the public] more," Walden said, per Dan Wolken of USA Today. "He's now become a household name, and I'm looking forward to his next race just as much as you guys are."

Justify became the 13th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history Saturday, defeating Gronkowski by 1¾ lengths at the Belmont Stakes. He's the first Triple Crown winner since American Pharoah in 2015.

With the victory, Justify's breeding rights increased to $75 million, per ESPN.com's Darren Rovell.

Bob Baffert, who also trained American Pharoah, said Sunday he will follow a similar post-Belmont strategy with Justify.

"Usually about a week later you can see how much of a toll it's taken on him," Baffert said, per Wolken. "We'll sit down and figure out a little game plan after that, but [right now] we have nothing at all."

The next major horse racing event on the calendar is November's Breeders' Cup Classic. Odds are Justify will race once or twice between now and then to stay in shape for the year-end competition.

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