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Botte: Belmont Stakes reinforces what we already knew. Giants own Patriots when it comes to championship-level battles

“To me, when you win the Derby five times, I really felt like, wow, I won the Derby,” Baffert said. “But this is more, to me, I wanted to see that horse, his name, up there with those greats. It takes a great horse to win the Triple Crown.” Justify, with first-time Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith aboard, broke left immediately from the first gate position and charged along the rail, completing the daunting 1.5-mile track in a 2:28.18 wire-to-wire victory.

Peter Botte

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