Belmont Stakes 2018 victor, payouts: Win, place, show, trifecta and superfecta results

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

With the win, Justify, who did not race as a two-year-old, improved to 6-0 in his young career, which started just 111 days ago. But it's likely most of those who put down $2 on the victor will never cash those tickets because they have a souvenir from the race that produced the 13 Triple Crown victor.

Justify closed as a 4-5 betting favorite.

Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.

Three years later, a strapping chestnut colt named Justify, with a white blaze, a sweeping stride and an unblemished record, came back to the site where American Pharoah had vanquished horse racing's ghosts - with the same trainer, but his own shot at making history. Fitzsimmons did it with Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.

"This never gets old", an emotional Baffert said after the race.

It always takes a special horse to complete the American Triple Crown sweep.

ESPN's Darren Rovell reported before the Belmont that Justify's stud rights had been sold to Irish-based Coolmore for $60 million, with a $15 million bonus if he won the Triple Crown. The last time there were two Triple Crown champions in the same decade was the 1970s, which produced Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed. The great Secretariat ended a 25-year drought in 1973 in record fashion, then, four years later, Seattle Slew came along to put his flawless stamp on the feat. From there, he reeled off consecutive Grade I wins in the April. 7 Santa Anita Derby, May 5 Kentucky Derby and May 19 Preakness S. Sales History: $500,000 yrl KEESEP '16.

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Justify, with Mike Smith aboard, wins the 143rd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course in Baltimore.


Justify's jockey is Mike Smith, and at 52 years old he is still considered a big-money rider.

"I was just surprised on how well he handled the atmosphere at the Derby with the crowd, how he handled it at the Preakness because every time he shows up people start yelling and screaming and he just looks at them like, 'Thank you, '" Baffert said. "I can't describe the emotion that's going through my body right now", Smith said as he made for the winner's circle.

Baffert had fretted after Justify drew the No. 1 post, a spot he detests for his horses.

An impressive feat for Baffert, racing's affable, most marketable two-legged star, for sure.

Bob Baffert is hoping to snag his second Triple Crown in the span of just three years with Justify.

Smith got the colt into a relaxed rhythm under a moderate pace heading into the backstretch, and he had an easy trip from there.

There were a few bids made by other horses turning for home. But he shot out with a fury, took a 11/2-length lead at the quarter pole and never let a challenger get closer than that.

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