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Belmont Stakes: Justify wins Belmont to earn 13th Triple Crown in history

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Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York.

As the dust settles from Justify's emphatic win in Saturday's 2018 Belmont Stakes, the question will be asked: What's next? His other accomplishments include two Kentucky Derby wins, two Preakness wins and three Belmont wins as well as more than two dozen victories in the Breeders' Cup.

Justify has already done more than expected, a bit of a late bloomer who doesn't have the pedigree of someone like American Pharoah. The trainer of both Justify and American Pharaoh becomes just the second to ever win the Triple Crown twice - "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons also did it twice, with Gallant Fox and Omaha in the 1930s.

As gassed as Justify looked at the wire in the Preakness, jockey Mike Smith is convinced the undefeated colt could have run longer and picked up the pace if asked.

Gronkowski came in second, while Hofburg finished third.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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It was the first of five mounts Smith has on the 13-race card.

Justify entered the race 5-0 in a career that began with his first race in February. He quickly decided that in nearly 40 years as a jockey, he'd never ridden a more gifted 3-year-old.

Prediction: Justify is facing a weak field and will make history. Questions about his stamina deepened at the Preakness, where he exhausted over another muddy track and held on to win by ½ a length.

"Is he the next American Pharoah?".

"I think he's got to run better than he did in the Preakness but we know going in he's got the most talent", NBC horse racing analyst Randy Moss said on Friday.

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At the inaugural Belmont Stakes, which took place in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack in New York City, the owner of the winning horse took home a prize of $1,850 and an English riding saddle. "I thought maybe, because I could see Gronkowski flying, but he just couldn't get to that horse".

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