Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith: Justify Makes Public Appearance at Churchill Downs as Triple Crown Winner

Here is a look at Justify, in his first public appearance at Churchill Downs since winning the Belmont S
takes and becoming the 13th Triple Crown winner and the second undefeated Triple Crown winner, along with the great, late Seattle Slew.

Tonight’s view, through the eyes of our own Holly M. Smith, one of the finest equine photographers of all time:

(The great and newest Triple Crown winner, Justify, at Churchill Downs on Saturday night / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Justify gets to greet some of his fans at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly  M. Smith)

(The great Justify in black & white / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

He broke really well out of the gate and put me in a good spot in the race. He broke and shot out of the gate and put me where I wanted to be. I didn’t want to be too far back and I think it was a perfect ride for him. I was concerned a little bit in the last part of the race, especially around the last sixteenth. I think that my horse tried to hold back to force inside and we had some contact. They say he tried to intimidate my horse and that is why I couldn’t get past him. I wish it would’ve just been the two horses running straight in the race. We were the best two horses in the race. I just want to see who the better horse is.”

Javier Castellano, Bolt D'Oro Jockey and winner San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita
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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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