Baffert Justify – Ably Proud as Justify Completes Triple Crown Trifecta
Justify won the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes in New York. His was the only clean nose in the field. The track was dry, save for some water applied to the dirt surface just prior to the race, track that wound up on the faces of the horses and jockeys who made the race seem like the final-day processional of the Tour de France.
The three-year-old colt broke from the number one barrier and led wire-to-wire, the only staying type in a field that did nothing other than compete for the best view of Justify’s hindquarters.
It was a though Winx, fitted with prosthetic male horse parts, had been rung in to do the running.
Elsewhere, Santa Ana Lane won the Group 1 Stradbroke handicap at Doomben. He is a good source of dividends for astute punters, winning at $26 at Caulfield October past and carrying the same price to win the Group 1 Darley Goodwood at Morphettville last month.
You would think they would have caught on by now and they did, at least to some extent, sending Santa Ana Lane out at $14 in the Stradbroke.
The Group 1 Queensland Derby, very similar to the Belmont Stakes, distance-wise, different by dint of being run on civilised turf, was won by Dark Dream from the favourite’s position of $4.20. Chris Waller’s plan to flood the field was unnecessary, as the track was rated Heavy 8 and Waller was able to pick up the $63,000 for Youngstar’s third place, plus another $30,000 for Augustus’ fourth.
How long before we see a race with nothing but Waller runners?
The Group 1 T J Smith, aka the J.J. Adkins, was won by The Autumn Sun, so Waller picked up the top prize of $366,000 and added the $123,000 for Zousain’s second-place finish.
The connections of The Autumn Sun might want to consider changing the horse’s name to T.A. Sun, in order to properly mimic the name(s) of the race.