What reporters and columnists from around the country are saying about Justify’s Belmont victory and winning the Triple Crown:
“It was a fitting scene. There was a Hall of Fame trainer and a Hall of Fame jockey, side by side, sharing a moment and celebrating only the second horse to win the Triple Crown with an undefeated record. This was the horse racing version of the Dream Team. They couldn't lose.“
“Twenty-two years later, after a beautiful race on a beautiful June evening in New York, [Bob] Baffert has become the undisputed king of the Triple Crown. A guy who thought he might never find the winner’s circle in one of the three biggest American races has been there a staggering, record-setting 15 times. And now he’s won two Triple Crowns in a span of four years, also an unprecedented feat.”
“At the end of a five-week odyssey logic says should have taxed his chestnut frame to detrimental levels and highlighted the foundation that was poured in at an accelerated rate, he managed to redefine what those of his ilk can achieve.”
“Because Justify’s victory came so close on the heels of Pharoah’s, it’s instinctive to compare them. To compare the noise. To compare the buzz. To compare that which cannot be fairly compared. Pharoah’s victory was a communal bloodletting that ended 37 years of desperation between Triple Crowns. Justify’s was a celebration of a singular greatness. Different. But also the same.”
“We needed to embrace Pharoah, and he encouraged us to walk through the door. Justify earned our respect on the track and didn't bother to promote for love outside the rail.
Affection for the latter, though, will steadily increase.
Justify's achievement will gain resonance as time passes, much like the revisionist endearment we hold for Seattle Slew. “