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Justify's stablemate Restoring Hope accused of blocking at Belmont Stakes

13 June 2018

The operation owns 15 percent of the breeding rights to Justify, who is descended from previous Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Secretariat.

The victory over Belmont Park's sweeping 1 ½-mile oval was the sixth straight for Justify, who joined Seattle Slew - also a wire-to-wire Belmont victor in 1977 - as the only undefeated winners of the Triple Crown. That said, Justify is now worth more as a healthy stud than he could ever make on the track, so don't be surprised if his racing career has come to an end. He had to get away from him so they wouldn't go so fast'.

Critics aren't buying the trainer's defense, though.

In an interview with Newsday, Repole said: "I watched the replay a bunch of times, the head-on, the aerial view, and I believe in what I said. It was going to be my friend or the enemy", Baffert said when asked about what other horses he was concerned about as the race developed.

Gary West, who owns Restoring Hope, was livid about the handling of his horse.

Since 1990, there have been 10 instances where horses have won the first two of the three legs of the Triple Crown: Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, Charismatic in 1999, War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, Big Brown in 2008, I'll Have Another in 2012 and California Chrome in 2014. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice.

'Justify's a freak, super horse, undefeated, wonderful what he's done, ' Repole told DFR. A plan will be formulated once the chestnut colt recovers from a compressed schedule that saw him win six races over 111 days since his debut on February 18.

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The victor is given a blanket of roses, so the race is also known as the "run for the roses".

"I wanted to see that horse's name up there (with the other greats) because we know he was brilliant from day one", Baffert said.

"It baffled me", Repole told the Daily Racing Form, according to ESPN.

But the owner says he hopes the NY racing stewards talk to Geroux about his ride.

'Nothing was brought to our attention, ' Lewandowski said. "As such, Mr. Lewandowski indicated neither he nor his fellow stewards plan to discuss race strategy with Florent Geroux".

'If said violation is without such effect upon the finish of the race, penalty therefore may be applied against the offender only'.

Justify's stablemate Restoring Hope accused of blocking at Belmont Stakes