"I couldn't wait for the doors to open".
"He's sent from heaven", an emotional Smith said as he gazed up to those heavens, so humbled and so blessed and giving thanks to his Lord and Savior as he soaked up the love from the NY racing crowd he has forever embraced. "It's the first big-time place I came to".
John Velazquez was already asking Vino Rosso for more run nearing the quarter pole, while Smith had yet to even loosen his reins on Justify. "Left here in 2001 and to come back and to continue to have success here is just incredible". He credited Smith for a strong ride.
He went to Southern California and re-invented himself. Killon explained to The New York Times. I can honestly say he's as good looking as Justify.
The English translation of the horse's name means "Gunner II", a name that was almost cemented in Triple Crown lore.
"I'm getting help upstairs", he said in the press conference. "And he hasn't changed a bit from the minute he walked into the jocks' room".
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And, as Walden said, maybe the greatest trainer of all time. In the Preakness, he showed he could withstand the challenge of a top rival pressing him early and hold off others before the finish line - also in the mud. It was a smart move. I think of my parents, I think of all the good friends I've lost, and I know they're up there - I really believe in that, that they're helping me out, they're giving me that little push.
John Velazquez was just getting his career started when Smith came to NY. "He was blowing pretty good, he got a good blow out of (the Preakness), but he wasn't as exhausted as we thought he was".
Showers are possible for the 1 1/2 mile (2400m) race on the Belmont Park dirt in Elmont, New York. "He's why I'm still around". "We wanted to give him every opportunity. I think all of NY should give him a cheer". The next year, the classic rivalry of Affirmed and Alydar reached its peak when Affirmed inched ahead by a head to become the last Triple Crown victor until Pharoah arrived.
"What he's doing at his age is just phenomenal, it's well deserved, he works his butt off", McCarron said. "It's very emotional for me". Only Seattle Slew in 1977 was also undefeated when he won the Triple Crown. "There is no more deserving (jockey) than him". "But it was awesome". "I'll just have a bigger smile on my face, that's all".
After a 37-year drought in which the feat seemed impossible to achieve again, Justify became the second horse in four years to do it, schooled - like his 2015 predecessor, American Pharoah - by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Three races at various distances on three different tracks over a span of five weeks.