Belmont Stakes 2018: Results, payouts, order of finish

Lawrence Cooper
June 13, 2018

Baffert is only the second trainer in the sport's history to win the Triple Crown twice.

Justify, bred by Langley, B.C.'s John Gunther, took the Belmont Stakes by one-and-three quarter lengths today on Saturday.

Unraced as a two-year-old, Justify was sent straight to the front by Smith and was always dictating matters. Justify ended a three-year Triple Crown drought. A crowd capped at 90,000 is expected at Belmont Park. The thoroughbred won the 1 3/16-mile Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 19 by holding off Bravazo by a half-length on a muddy track.

Depending where you look, pundits are either shaken by what feels like a wave of momentum against Justify or they're disregarding all that fear and identifying Justify as one of the most gifted 3-year-old horses of all time. That distance isn't widely raced in North America and it calls for a combination of stamina and speed.

Great jockey. Great trainer. Victory Gallop lived up to his name, catching up to Real Quiet to take the race at the wire in one of the closest photo finishes ever. Justify is majority owned by WinStar Farm and Kenny Troutt who hold a 60 percent stake in the horse, China Horse Club also holds a 25 percent stake in the horse and the final 15 percent is owned by a group of investors, according to the Times. Belmont Park's deep, sandy surface can prove tiring, too. There were mild bids turning for home.

The horse with the next-best odds in the Belmont Stakes is Hofburg at 15/4. It's the pinnacle of a career that has seen him win more than 5,400 races, including a record 26 in the Breeders' Cup, and now seven Triple Crown races. He'll have nine horses to contend with.

Now that Justify has won the Belmont his owners have won $800,000 to add to the Kentucky Derby winnings of $1.2 million and Preakness Stakes winnings of $900,000, Money reported.

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The chestnut colt with the blaze running down his face appears to have rebounded well after victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, with the most exhausting still to come.

The two Todd Pletcher-trained racers, Vino Rosso (+900) and Noble Indy (+2800), will break side-by-side from gates 8 and 9 respectively. It won the 2016 Belmont with Creator, trained by Steve Asmussen.

Gronkowski is named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Baffert will saddle a second horse: 30-1 shot Restoring Hope. He finished 12th that day in the Pat Day Mile on the undercard at Churchill Downs. Slew also was a wire-to-wire Belmont victor. His performance in the 1973 race set a standard that has yet to be matched.

It was not Secretariat by 31 lengths.

Baffert can expect to hear from officials at several tracks eager to lure racing's newest superstar, much like he did with American Pharaoh.

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