Belmont Stakes 2018: Results, payouts, order of finish
Belmont Stakes 2018: Results, payouts, order of finish
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10 June, 2018, 07:27
There was a Hall-of-Fame trainer and a Hall-of-Fame jockey, side by side, sharing a moment and celebrating only the second horse to win the Triple Crown with an undefeated record.
The historic win makes Justify the 13th Triple Crown champion and the first to claim the title since American Pharoah in 2015. But it's likely most of those who put down $2 on the victor will never cash those tickets because they have a souvenir from the race that produced the 13 Triple Crown victor.
Smith has never been aboard a Triple Crown victor, but at 52 he has the shrewdness and knowledge from regularly riding at Belmont Park years ago to rely on. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on sloppy tracks after heavy rain fell.
Gronkowski, named for the National Football League player, finished second, after having been last for the first half of the race.
Sent out favourite, the colt was barely pushed as he led all the way to complete the 1-1/2 mile (2400m) course in overcast but dry conditions at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
The Preakness and Kentucky Derby victor became thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown with a front-running victory in the Belmont Stakes.
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A fourth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes foiled Kauai King's bid for the Triple Crown. It won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, trained by Todd Pletcher. A leading 23 Belmont winners have come out of there, including Secretariat. A horse couldn't pull that off in almost four decades?
In addition to glory and a spot in horse racing history, Justify's ownerw will receive quite a lot of cash: Roughly $1.5 million in prize money will be handed out to the top finishers.
There is no specific monetary bonus that comes along with winning the Triple Crown. He has won all six races he has run this year.
Here are the payout results from the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, via CBS Sports. "They let it go too easy".
Silver Charm lost by less than a length at the Belmont Stakes as he narrowly missed the Triple Crown.
Smith won the Belmont in 2010 on Drosselmeyer and in 2013 on Palace Malice. Instead, he turned it into a victory lap on his road to history. Once the horses come out of the final turn, they've still got a 1,097-yard (1,003 meters) run through the stretch, exhausting for a horse with little or no gas left in the tank.
Not a frown in sight when you win a Triple Crown.
After three-quarters in 1:13.21, Justify began to inch away from the field.
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For what it is worth, the National Weather Service is forecasting a 50 percent chance of showers Saturday for Belmont Park. His extraordinary performances in the Derby and Preakness are anomalies in an otherwise inconsistent ten race career.
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