Will Justify win the Triple Crown?
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Will Justify win the Triple Crown?

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Odds-on favorite Justify took down the Kentucky Derby in the first race of the Triple Crown. The three-year-old colt is the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes, and many feel he has a good shot to become a horse-racing legend by winning all three of the Triple Crown races. Still, only 12 horses have won the prestigious achievement since 1875. Justify is good, but he's not great enough to join that club. What do you think? 🏇

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Justify dominated the field on a sloppy track at the Kentucky Derby. His pace and stamina at the end of the race were impressive, and it's only a matter of time before the Kentucky-bred colt gives legendary trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown horse. Here is Greg Wood of The Guardian with more:

The pace was fierce, but Justify showed no sign of tiring in the stretch having taken it up with on the way out of the back. That is a promising sign in the likely event that he goes to New York for the Belmont on 9 June with a chance to become the second Triple Crown winner from Bob Baffert’s stable in the space of four seasons.

There's a reason the Triple Crown only has 12 winners in over 140 years of existence: it's really freaking hard. Horses have to be fast enough to win the approximately mile-and-a-quarter races at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, while still having enough endurance not to fade at the longer mile-and-a-half sprint at Belmont.

Justify was dominant at the Derby, but he's not fast enough to sustain that dominance in the other two races. A Triple Crown winner will not happen in 2018.

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