Mike Smith, 52, becomes oldest jockey to win Triple Crown

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Justify with jockey Mike Smith aboard wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, U.S., June 9, 2018.

Superior: Justify carries the China Horse Club silks to victory in the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor has been guided to this point by a couple of veterans: trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith.

"Our focus was on each race as they came up", Walden said after unveiling Justify's Triple Crown banner inside Belmont Park. Justify began his career in mid February, capturing a maiden race at Santa Anita before adding an allowance event at that venue a week shy of one month later.

"When you're standing in the winner's circle in the Derby there's nothing like it, but this is kind of cool because I'm a New Yorker, it's a little special".

He ran the longest race of the series in 2:28.18 and paid $3.60, $3.50 and $2.80.

After leading American Pharaoh to the the Triple Crown in 2015, snapping that 37-year-old drought, Baffert called his prize horse "the greatest horse I'll ever see".

The white mane of Justify trainer Bob Baffert, horse whisperer to the stars, is now known the world over.

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Bob Baffert is hoping to snag his second Triple Crown in the span of just three years with Justify.

The chestnut colt with the blaze running down his face appears to have rebounded well after victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, with the most exhausting still to come.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor opened at the 4-5 favorite with about an hour to go before the Belmont Stakes. The Triple Crown winner's yet unnamed half-brother is a yearling at Glennwood and is the spitting image of his older sibling. Hofburg, trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Irad Ortiz - and reckoned by many as a contender to thwart Justify's Triple Crown bid - was third in the field of 10.

At 52, Mike Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

"I was just surprised on how well he handled the atmosphere at the Derby with the crowd, how he handled it at the Preakness because every time he shows up people start yelling and screaming and he just looks at them like, 'Thank you, '" Baffert said. "I thought maybe he's not going to break today". We watched him rush up like he was a Quarter Horse, make a quick right-hand turn, then turn left, pinned [Bravazo] on the rail.

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"We're looking forward to sharing him [with the public] more, " said Elliott Walden, the CEO and racing manager for WinStar Farm, which owns a majority share of the horse. But given the poor conditions of the first two races, combined with the unique length of the Belmont, there are lots of challengers to block Justify's run at history.

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