Crowds enjoy horse racing on first weekend of Sports Betting at Monmouth Park
The throughbred racing world anxiously awaits where Justify will run his first race since he became the 13th Triple Crown winner and the second one in four years on June 9 in .
Among the races Justify could run in for his first race since he won the Belmont Stakes on June 9 at Belmont Park are the $1 million Grade I, Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 29, the Grade I, $1.250,000 Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 25 or the Grade I $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 22.
However, there is one catch. Even though he has jogged and gallopped at both Churchill Downs and his home base of Santa Anita since the Belmont, he has not had an official workout since the Belmont.
With only 26 days left before the Haskell, the clock is ticking on whether Justify would be able to get enough workouts in to run in the Haskell, like Triple Crown winner American Pharoah did in 2015.
By this time in 2015, American Pharoah, who like Justify was trained by Bob Baffert, had already worked out since the Belmont. He would have his second workout after the Belmont on July 6, which was four days after it was announced he was going to run in the Haskell.
With the help of information suppled by the Daily Racing form in and drf.com in 2015, we take a look back at the other 12 Triple Crown winners to see when each of their first races was after winning the Triple Crown.
One thing that is really noticeable is times have changed when it comes how often a horse runs. Three of the first seven Triple Crown winners ran 14 days after they won the Triple Crown.
The first 11 Triple Crown winners ran before the creation of the Breeders’ Cup in 1984. American Pharoah, who concluded his career with a smashing win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is the only Triple Crown winner to run in the Breeders’ Cup.
1. SIR BARTON, 1919. Race: The Dwyer at Aqueduct at 1 1/8 miles, 29 days after the Belmont. Result: Second, in a three-horse field, beaten three lengths by Purchase.
2. GALLANT FOX, 1930. Race: The Dwyer at Aqueduct, at 1/1/2 miles, 21 days after the Belmont. Result: Won by 1/1/2 lengths in a five-horse field.
3. OMAHA, 1935: Race: The Brooklyn at Aqueduct at 1 1/8 miles, 14 days after the Belmont. Result: Third, beaten 12 lengths by Discovery in a six-horse field.
4. WAR ADMIRAL, 1937: Race: An allowance race with a purse of $1,200 at 1 11/16 miles at Laurel over four months after the Belmont. Result. Won by 2 1/2 lengths in an eight-horse field.
5. WHIRLAWAY, 1941: Race: The Dwyer at Aqueduct at 1 1/1/4 miles 14 days after the Belmont. Result: Won by 1/1/4 lengths in a four-horse field .
6. COUNT FLEET, 1943: Race: Never ran again after winning the Belmont by 25 lengths because of a leg injury. His winning margin in the Belmont was the largest in the history of that race for 30 years until Secretariat..
7. ASSAULT, 1946: Race: The Dwyer at Aqueduct at 1 1/4 miles, 14 days after the Belmont. Result: Won by 4 1/2 lengths in a six-horse field.
8. CITATION, 1948: Race: The Stars & Stripes at Arlington Park in Chicago at 1/1/8 miles, 23 days after the Belmont. Result: Won by two lengths in a nine-horse field.
9. SECRETARIAT, 1973. Race: The Invitational at Arlington Park at 1/1/8 miles, three weeks after his remarkable 31-length score in the Belmont. Result: Won by nine lengths in a four-horse field.
10. SEATTLE SLEW, 1977. Race: The Swaps at Hollywood Park at 1/1/4 miles, 22 days after the Belmont. Result: Fourth in a seven-horse field, beaten 16 lengths by J.O. Tobin.
11. AFFIRMED, 1978: Race: The Jim Dandy at Saratoga at 1/1/8 miles, 59 days after the Belmont. Result: Rallied to win by a half-length in a five-horse field.
12. AMERICAN PHAROAH, 2015: Race: The Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park at 1 /1/8 miles 57 days after the Belmont. Result: Won by 2 1/4 lengths in a seven-horse field.
13. JUSTIFY, 2018: Race: To be determined. Has not had an official workout since he won the Triple Crown.
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