Triple Crown victor Justify is a horse with a Canadian connection

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The 52-year-old jockey who was born in Roswell, grew up in Dexter and has been dominating big races in recent years put an exclamation point on his illustrious career Saturday, guiding Justify to the Triple Crown with a victory in the Belmont Stakes. "He was blowing pretty good, he got a good blow out of (the Preakness), but he wasn't as exhausted as we thought he was".

This Saturday, Justify capped off a terrific card at Belmont Park with a front-running 1 3/4-length victory in the 150th Belmont Stakes.

Baffert complimented his team for helping the horse, which ran three major, testing races in five weeks. "In the modern day we don't get in a rush with these horses", Baffert told USA Today days before the Derby. Baffert had joked earlier in the week that, with luck, the jockeys who had their sights set on beating Justify might get confused by the change.

"I think that people in the horse racing industry saw what we did and what we were able to do as far as making additional money".

"I nearly collapsed when he went across the wire, it took all my breath away", he said.

Bolt d'Oro ran a disappointing last of 11 horses in the $1.2-million Metropolitan.

"For him to close up that much ground off a really easy pace, it was a remarkable race that he ran".

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Now all eyes are on Justify, who might have one major factor in his favor. He's the first Triple Crown victor to face that many rivals in the 1½-mile Belmont.

I'm not sure if I'll be betting on Justify to win yet, but I know I'll be rooting for him.

Gunther said he's now eyeing the future, looking at breeding plans for Justify's mother.

"I'm feeling pretty in awe of the horse", Baffert said.

"I can't describe the emotions going through my body right now", he continued.

He won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on May 5, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the "Run for the Roses" without a start as a two-year-old, breaking the so-called "Curse of Apollo". He passed that acid test by three lengths. "If Justify is meant to do it, it'll happen".

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