Meanwhile, it looks like Justify will have to win his first Triple Crown race on a fast track.
Smith has never been aboard a Triple Crown victor, but at 52 he has the shrewdness and knowledge from regularly riding at Belmont Park years ago to rely on. "He's so gifted. He's sent from Heaven, I tell you what". A flop at the track might make Coolmore, whose US business Ashford Stud also has American Pharoah's breeding rights, more cool on a Triple Crown winner's stock.
Slew, benefitting from three starts at 2, was ideal through eight starts before he passed the Belmont's arduous mile-and-a-half "Test of the Champion".
The latest Triple Crown victor in the horse racing world has a connection to central Pennsylvania, according to a report from Central Penn Business Journal. Baffert, of course, saddled American Pharoah in 2015 when he ended a record 37-year drought. He is only the second trainer in the sport's history to accomplish the feat, and he joined "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, who trained Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.
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Darren Rogers, spokesman for Churchill Downs, tweeted after the Belmont that Justify would return there on Monday afternoon.
Earlier, Baffert and jockey Mike Smith teamed to win the $750,000 Ogden Phipps with Abel Tasman.
Justify lined up for his maiden start at Santa Anita Park on February 18.
The Belmont is known as the "Test of the Champion" for good reason: it's the first and likely last time these 3-year-old colts will be running 1 ½ miles.
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Baffert's plan had come to fruition.
He triumphed at the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 7, earning him enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.
Hard conditions challenged Justify nearly as much as the competition he faced in the opening two legs. He became the first thoroughbred to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old since 1882, aka the Chester Arthur administration.
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For the second time in five months, Gronkowski came up just short.
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