"It definitely seemed to me [Restoring Hope] was more of an offensive lineman than a racehorse trying to win the Belmont, and Justify was a running back trying to run for a touchdown", Repole told The Post on Sunday. There is also, of course, the risk of defeat, which takes away some of the invincibility of a Triple Crown victor. On June 17, the colt will travel to trainer Bob Baffert's base in Southern California to await his next move.
Baffert - who has won more Triple Crown races than anyone - complimented his team for helping the horse, which ran three major, testing races in five weeks.
Despite the allegations, New York Gaming Commission steward Steve Lewandowski told the Daily Racing Form that they don't plan to speak to Geroux about the race.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled American Pharoah to end a 37-year-old Triple Crown drought in 2015, thus became the second trainer along with "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons to train two Triple Crown winners, with Fitzsimmons having conditioned Gallant Fox (1930) and his son, Omaha (1935).
"It's been the longest, quickest journey", a hoarse-sounding Baffert said as light rain fell outside Justify's barn. His rare sweep included a 2 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and a hard-fought half-length win in the Preakness Stakes (G1). He captured the first in 2:28.18.
Gronkowski, named for the National Football League player, finished second, after having been last for the first half of the race. "This horse overcame a lot".
The age limit for horses in the Derby is three years. The Triple Crowns of Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed, coming as they did after a quarter of a century without, cast the sport in a bright white light that demanded attention. "This horse, I'm sure there was millions of people screaming at their TV wanting to see it done". He pricked his ears at the sound of the shutter clicks and when Baffert led him closer, he playfully bit at one camera.
His human handlers also made history. "Oh, Mike. Don't empty that tank", Baffert said.