Justify back at Churchill Downs after winning Triple Crown

Belmont Stakes live stream: How to watch Justify go for the Triple Crown without a TV

Justify is the 13thTriple Crown victor, and only the second to win the all three American Classics - Kentucky Derby, Preakness STAKES and Belmont STAKES - in the last 40 years (American Pharoah, 2015).

"He'll walk at least the next three days, as long as he'll allow us to", Barnes said.

Smith thanked Baffert for giving him the opportunity to ride Justify into the history books.

"I don't see how (Restoring Hope) got in anyone's way", the jockey told CNN Sport's Don Riddell. I can guarantee he didn't lose a pound. "It's pretty grueling, and he seems to have gained weight".

It's incredibly hard for a thoroughbred to win three high-stress races in just five weeks as the animals have never raced that frequently before and won't again.

Undefeated Triple Crown victor Justify is scheduled to parade between races during the June 16 night card at Churchill Downs that will feature five graded stakes, including the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1).

But American Pharoah and Justify are showing that the Triple Crown is now an attainable goal in the horse-racing industry.

Other Triple Crown winners include Sir Barton (1919), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948) and Secretariat (1973). The Triple Crown almost didn't have a chance to materialize, however; Justify was nearly run down by Bravazo during the Preakness Stakes.

Smith said Justify was so calm in the gate that he was anxious he might not break.

"Everybody thinks I'm so opposed to Saratoga", he said. "I wish he would have broke a little bit better".

Gronkowski was slow to start, trailing for much of the race, but just like his namesake, he didn't give up. For this horse to do it for (jockey) Mike Smith, he deserved something like this.

"He ran a large number of races in a short amount of time with no 2-year-old foundation", said Chad Brown, who trains Gronkowski. Collmus' race call alone accounted for more than 5 million video views. She gets too scared. "We were in the office watching the replay over and over". She hardly ever watches it live. Our horse came running. I stood all day in the rain with my family, and frankly, I had no idea what was going on.

Justify's achievement follows 2015 champion American Pharoah, who was also trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

Justify closed as a 4-5 betting favorite.

"He acts like he likes the attention", Smith said. "They brought him out and boy those lights were flashing and he just stands there very proud, like he knows they're taking a picture of him or something".

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