And even more so for Cambridge bloodstock agent Michael Wallace because he was one of those responsible for choosing racing's newest superstar from the yearling sales.
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"Our focus was on each race as it came up, and now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is, " Walden said.
Justify's jockey is Mike Smith, and at 52 years old he is still considered a big-money rider.
Baffert broke a 37-year drought in 2015 with American Pharoah.
Mara laughed out loud when asked what he said afterwards to trainer Bob Baffert. "After a week it starts catching up with them". Two weeks later, he survived a challenge in the fog-shrouded Preakness, winning by a half-length, again in the slop to set up a Triple Crown try.
Baffert can expect to hear from officials at several tracks eager to lure racing's newest superstar, much like he did with American Pharaoh. He didn't compete as a 2-year-old.
Coming so close to American Pharoah's Triple Crown has its advantages.
"He didn't surprise me he ran this well, after working him a couple of times I was confident he would handle the dirt", Brown said. Sometimes the term "legends of the turf" is used too loosely, but it seems nearly an understatement when it comes to the Belmont Stakes. Justify did that before a rapturous crowd of 90,327, leading wire to wire to cover the 11/2-mile distance in 2:28.18 with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith aboard.
Bob Baffert has done everything he can with Justify. "We were in the office watching the replay over and over". That horse's first crop hasn't even raced yet.
"We had already had a great run with him and were very proud of what he had achieved".
"But they all ran well, but that's all you can ask for, that your horses do well, but they still have to show up".
The chestnut colt became the second undefeated horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on February 18.
Justfy made history at the Kentucky Derby in May when he galloped through thick clumps of mud to score first-place at the finish line, becoming the first colt since Apollo in 1882 to win the iconic Derby at Churchill Downs without racing as a 2-year-old.
Baffert has been doing enough of that lately without him. "I think I see a lot of resemblance in these two, the way they move". It was a narrow victory, and some feared the 1 1/2-mile Belmont would be a stretch too far for the big chestnut colt.
"Opinions die", Baffert said.