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Justify wins the Belmont Stakes and captures the Triple Crown, cementing Mike Smith’s legacy

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify took the Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park Saturday, securing U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and giving Hall-of-Fame jockey Mike Smith one of the few prizes that had eluded him in his illustrious career. The backdrop for Justify’s win in the Belmont Saturday was much different from his win in the slop five weeks...

Triple Crown on the line as undefeated Justify faces nine in Belmont; here is a breakdown of the field

By Liane Crossley Special to NKy Tribune Three years ago, thoughts of a Triple Crown seemed virtually impossible after nearly four decades without a winner, but American Pharoah proved the dream could become reality. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography)  Now Justify stands ready to join the elite 12 Triple Crown winners or add his name to a long list of Thoroughbreds who won two of the three...

Liane Crossley: Reduced foal crop could add up to Triple Crown for California Chrome

The question has been asked for a generation—will the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing ever be won again? The question might soon be answered.   On June 7, California Chrome could become the 12th winner of the elusive honor. Or his name will be on a longer list of runners that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but failed to capture the Belmont Stakes.   The most recent Triple...

Liane Crossley: Theories abound, but bottom line is Triple Crown wasn’t meant to be easy

There will be no winner of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown when the Belmont Stakes is contested on Saturday, June 8. Hopes for the first coronation since Affirmed won in 1978 ended with little fanfare when Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished a well-beaten fourth in the Preakness Stakes on May 18. Following his emphatic Derby score, Orb had been widely hailed as the heir apparent to Triple Crown...

Liane Crossley: Theories abound, but bottom line is Triple Crown wasn't meant to be easy

There will be no winner of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown when the Belmont Stakes is contested on Saturday, June 8. Hopes for the first coronation since Affirmed won in 1978 ended with little fanfare when Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished a well-beaten fourth in the Preakness Stakes on May 18. Following his emphatic Derby score, Orb had been widely hailed as the heir apparent to Triple Crown...