The trainer said he anxious again when Justify made a move forward in the final turn.
While Justify and Mike Smith, his Hall of Fame rider, smoothly accelerated after breaking from the rail to seize the early lead, Geroux rode vigorously to hustle Restoring Hope toward the front. "I told him "welcome to the club".
Gronkowski, named for the National Football League player, finished second, less than two lengths back.
Several weeks later he competed in the second leg of the three-race trilogy, The Preakness, and won in dominant fashion despite heavy rain and mud slowing the field down. Vino Rosso's jockey, John Velazquez, said to the Daily Racing Form. Mostly, he just trusted his mount, which seemed to toy with the other nine horses in becoming the 13th Triple Crown champion. 'He got really rank with him.
The white mane of Justify trainer Bob Baffert, horse whisperer to the stars, is now known the world over. "He was showing me the brilliance, superior horse. It would have been even worse if he was behind horses". The origins of the term Triple Crown came from a combination of The New York Times and columnist Charles Hatton. They couldn't lose. What unfolded under an overcast sky before 90,327people at Belmont Park was the confluence of their work and skill, carried out brilliantly by a 1,380-pound horse that won for the sixth time in only 112 days. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice. It had previously won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, which together make up horse racing's most sought-after title. I worked him twice and he handled it, so I was optimistic.
No trainer now has won more Triple Crown races than Baffert's 15.
"You asking me?" he said, nearly incredulously.
"I'm really proud of my horse".
"He has natural speed". "The raw talent is there", Baffert said.
It was Baffert's fifth attempt to win the Triple Crown - three more than any other trainer.
"I haven't sat down with Elliott or anything", he said. "What surprised me was that he ran this well after falling so far back, at which point I truly felt this thing wasn't going to end well. I was going insane down the stretch". On Sunday, he said there's no plan as of now. I said, what did you tell Mike.
For Justify, being one of the finest athletes of our time will have to do. In thinking back to part of his rationale in allowing American Pharoah to keep running after the Triple Crown, Zayat said: "How do you deprive the sport of him?"
That sort of conflict had professional handicapper Kevin Cox tweeting Saturday, "THIS is why common trainers & owners need to be coupled".
"I felt great, and that probably wouldn't have happened 10 years ago or 20 years ago", Smith said.