Interview With Assistant Trainer Jimmy Barnes Upon Arriving Back To Churchill Downs After Justify Wins Triple Crown At Belmont

(A Wonderful Photo of Justify and Assistant Trainer Jimmy Barnes getting off the van and back “home at Churchill Downs on Monday, June 11 — Photo Taken By The Amazing Holly M. Smith)

Holly Smith was at the track on Monday and caught the interview with Assistant Trainer Jimmy Barnes upon arriving back to Churchill Downs after Justify wins Triple Crown at Belmont. Justify is the second undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown after Seattle Slew in 1977. Justify will most likely stay at Churchill Downs until returning to Santa Anita.

This horse ran a tremendous race,” said Smith, who at 52 is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. “He’s so gifted. He’s sent from heaven. He’s just amazing.

“Did you see him standing in the gate?” added Smith, sporting the red-and-gold silks of China Horse Club after having worn the white-and-green colors of WinStar Farm in the Derby and Preakness. “He’s standing so still … I actually thought, ‘He’s not going to break today.’ I mean, he left there like he was going 440 yards in Ruidoso, New Mexico.”

Mike Smith, Jockey of Justify