The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor was a 4-5 favourite heading into the 150th Belmont on Saturday.
Despite being the first undefeated Triple Crown victor since Seattle Slew in 1977, there's little expectation that Justify's victory will resonate the same way American Pharoah's did three years ago.
"It's just about getting the horse in a good, happy, comfortable place, wherever that may be", jockey Mike Smith said.
With a little less than 30 minutes to go until the Belmont Stakes, two trucks are watering the dirt strip at Belmont Park.
The chestnut colt is the second undefeated colt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on February 18.
After the first two legs were in the slop, a lovely day panned out for Justify's coronation in Elmont, New York.
"The raw talent is there", Baffert said.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor opened at the 4-5 favorite with about an hour to go before the Belmont Stakes.
The second-betting choice Saturday at +450 is Hofburg.
Justify's romp resulted in a quarter in 23.37, a half in 48.11 and six furlongs in 1:13.21, a fairly snappy pace for a mile and half horse race.
But American Pharoah and Justify are showing that the Triple Crown is now an attainable goal in the horse-racing industry. "American Pharoah, he'll always be my first love". "When he retired, I'll never forget how sad I was", Baffert said. He stood so quietly in the starting gate that jockey Mike Smith wondered if he'd respond when it sprang open. Justify is priced as the -110 favorite for Saturday on the 2018 Belmont Stakes odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, and that's potentially bad news: Just one of the past 12 Belmont favorites has won the race and that was American Pharoah. Smith will be aboard Justify in the colt's bid to become racing's 13th Triple Crown victor.
There were no surprises awaiting his rivals when Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert entered him for the Belmont last Monday. Some women wore ones topped with big decorations that looked like the Belmont Stakes trophy.
No, not the Belmont Stakes.
But even the most optimistic projections of Justify's potential could not have accounted for what he accomplished on Saturday, becoming horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor a mere 111 days after making his racing debut.
Skies are sunny and the temperature is forecast for 73 degrees when the Belmont Stakes is run early Saturday evening.
They expected him to try for the lead coming from the Number 1 post position in the Belmont. But it was Justify hanging on and drawing out in the final 1/16th of a mile, winning in a time of 2:28.18 by 1 3/4 lengths.
The chestnut colt burst onto the national scene with a 2½-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby.
He said he knows the pressure of a Triple Crown run given American Pharoah's successful campaign, along with that of his three prior Triple Crown contenders - Silver Charm, Real Quiet and War Emblem - who failed to win the Belmont.
Gronkowski, named for and partly owned by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned $13.80 and $7. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown victor and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.
His trainer, Baffert, has been a regular in these moments, losing his first three Triple Crown attempts before American Pharoah made him a victor.