Justify's Triple Crown Win Makes Him The Most Valuable Horse In Racing History
He's only the 13th horse to ever win the three big races.
Justify made history Saturday when he became just the 13th horse to ever win the Triple Crown.
More importantly, to his owners at least, the win makes him the most valuable horse in racing history.
That's per ESPN, which puts the value of Justify's breeding rights at $75 million.
For most people, though, Justify's true value is in his story.
The brown colt's entry into the history books started when he became the first horse to win a Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old since Apollo's 1882 victory.
Justify's Preakness win got him one step closer to the most coveted win in racing back in May.
Then, at this past Saturday's Belmont Stakes in New York, the dream came true for owners WinStar Farm, China Horse Club & SF Racing, who'd sold Justify's breeding rights for an historically high $60 million.
The Triple Crown win adds $15 million to that, putting Justify's outright value at $75 million.
Justify will now make on average $150,000 for each live foal born when he's bred.
Justify is the first horse to win the Crown since American Pharaoh broke a decades-long drought in 2015.
The two horses share a trainer in Bob Baffert, who the New York Times notes believes his prior champ could beat this most recent one.
“American Pharaoh, he’ll always be my first love,” Baffert admitted after the win. "But, man, for this horse to do it...”
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