Justify's value skyrockets to $60M with Triple Crown win

The win made Justify the most valuable horse in racing history as his breeding rights were purchased for a whopping $75million

Justify certified his place in racing immortality when he won 150th Belmont S. (G1), defeating Gronkowski by almost to length to become the 13th victor of the historic Triple Crown. Billy Turner, his trainer, had to negotiate the colt's transition from shiny young object to a horse of classic depth and poise, and they never missed a note. In fact, Notre Dame averages nine wins per season following a Triple Crown - and has only lost 10 games, total, those 12 years.

Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes walked Justify before clicking cameras outside of Barn 33 and said the horse traveled well.

Forbes has estimated that once retired, Justify could demand an initial $100,000 stud fee - giving him a $60 million value based exclusively on breeding fees if he were to cover 150 mares per breeding season for four years.

It is possible Justify could be paraded at the track like American Pharoah after he won the Triple Crown for Baffert in 2015. Only Seattle Slew in 1977 was also undefeated when he won the Triple Crown. "We're looking forward to sharing him more".

So why would Notre Dame root for Justify and a Triple Crown?

At some point in the relatively recent past, it was decided that horses can no longer do what Justify has done, and therefore, what Justify has done is awesome.

Justify, who cross the finish 1¾ lengths in front of 24-1 longshot and Keeneland sales graduate Gronkowski, is the 20 Belmont victor produced by Keeneland sales.

The victor of the race is given a blanket made of between 300-400 white carnations, the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes. "Who would've thought we'd see another Triple Crown?"

"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.

Justify was purchased as a yearling for $500,000 and debuted less than four months ago on February 18, going on to win all five races he started.

'He looked like a bodyguard making sure nobody got close to Justify, ' Mike Repole, co-owner of Vino Rosso, who finished fourth, and Noble Indy, who finished last, told Daily Racing Form of Restoring Hope, who ended up finishing eighth.

Following the race, Justify was shipped to Churchill Downs, where is expected to arrive Monday morning for the start of a short break before his team decides where to showcase him next.

Coming off the historic race at the Belmont Stakes, Del Mar racetrack spokeswoman Carrie Jones told FOX 5 that Justify will be stabled at the San Diego racetrack. "And I am so happy for Mike Smith". He's the first Triple Crown victor to face that many rivals in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont.

As for any claims of cheating to the New York Gaming Commission?

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