Triple Crown

Justify’s Triple Crown Bid Gives Healthy Boost To Belmont Meet Handle

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that the Belmont Park spring/summer meet generated all-sources handle of $634,276,776, a 9.1 percent increase over the 2017 Belmont spring/summer meet. Average daily handle over the 53 days of racing was $11,967,486, an 11.1 percent increase over 2017. The June 9 Belmont Stakes Day card, highlighted by Justify’s […]

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Justify Getting ‘Checked Out’ After Ankle Filling Discovered; Racing Plans Uncertain

Justify, undefeated winner of this year’s Triple Crown, is going to be evaluated for some filling in his left front ankle, it was announced today. “Justify had some filling in his left front ankle a week ago, which subsided in a couple days,” said trainer Bob Baffert. “I trained him last week and the filling […]

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New Mexico Governor Proclaims July 8 ‘Mike E. Smith Day’

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed Sunday, July 8th as “Mike E. Smith Day” throughout New Mexico. That is the day that Triple Crown-winning jockey Smith will be visiting Ruidoso Downs for the Mike Smith Triple Crown Victory Celebration. Smith won this year’s Triple Crown aboard Justify, the 13th Triple Crown winner. The rider […]

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Triple Crown-Winning Jockey Smith To Sign Posters At Ruidoso Downs Sunday

Jockey Mike Smith’s Triple Crown Victory Celebration and nine trials to the Grade 1, $801,564 Rainbow Derby combine for an historic day at Ruidoso Downs this Sunday, July 8. Triple Crown posters will be on sale for $10 and they go on sale near the hamburger stand in the grandstand at 11 a.m. Smith will […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Retired Announcer Johnson Looks Back On ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Performances

Each year during Belmont Stakes week, former race announcer Dave Johnson throws a party for his friends somewhere in the bar of a high-end restaurant in Manhattan. It just so happens the friends of Dave Johnson are essentially horse racing’s illuminati: turf writers, trainers, Vegas big fish, Jockey Club stalwarts. Johnson knows them all. Johnson […]

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Thousands Line Up For Smith’s Justify Poster Signing At Santa Anita

Five minutes after Santa Anita’s admission gates opened at 10 a.m. Saturday, a line estimated at more than 3,000 people had formed as racing devotees flocked to get a quick word with Justify’s Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as he signed Triple Crown posters adjacent to the Kingsbury Fountain in the West Paddock Gardens. “We’ve never […]

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Smith: Triple Crown ‘Memories Always Will Stay With You’

Mike Smith may not be fined for excessive use of the riding crop, but he could be fined for excessive use of the Sharpie come Saturday. That’s when the Hall of Fame jockey and regular rider of Triple Crown champion Justify will be signing posters depicting the undefeated colt’s sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and […]

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Does Triple Crown Drought Come Down To Foal Crop Sizes?

Just three years after American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, Justify pulled off the feat which, for a stretch of time, seemed impossible. But how much of the Triple Crown drought (and its subsequent end) may have been due simply to the size of the Thoroughbred population? Writing for Kentucky […]

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Haskell, Travers Posited As Next Options For Triple Crown Winner Justify

As Justify made his triumphant return to his Santa Anita base on Sunday, fans were already wondering when they might see the Triple Crown winner back in the races. Trainer Bob Baffert told drf.com that while no plans have been set in stone, either the July 29 Haskell at Monmouth or the Aug. 25 Travers […]

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Undefeated Triple Crown Winner Justify Returns Home To Santa Anita

The Champ is back!  Bob Baffert’s undefeated Triple Crown Champion Justify returned home to Santa Anita early Sundayafternoon, as he stepped off a Bob Hubbard Horse Transport van at 2:36 p.m. Justify, who embarked this morning from the Louisville, KY airport at 9:37 a.m. ET and landed following a 3hr. and 30 min. flight at Ontario International Airport at 1:07 […]

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