Horse racing-Triple Crown winner Justify

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June 9 (Reuters) - Justify became the 13th horse to win thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown on Saturday after charging to victory at the Belmont Stakes in New York.

Here are some facts about the undefeated three-year-old:

* The chestnut colt is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and was ridden to victory by veteran jockey Mike Smith.

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* He is owned by China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm and was sired by Scat Daddy, who won the Champagne Stakes and the Florida Derby.

* His mother is Stage Magic and he was born at Glenwood Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.

* Justify, who did not race as a two-year-old, is now undefeated in six starts.

* Won his first race on Feb. 18 at Santa Anita Park by 9-1/2 lengths.

* Came from behind to win his second race at Santa Anita on March 11 by a comfortable 6-1/2 lengths.

* He triumphed at the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 7, earning him enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

* He won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on May 5, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the 'Run for the Roses' without a start as a two-year-old, breaking the so-called "Curse of Apollo".

* Followed that win up with a narrow, half-length victory over Bravazo at the Preakness Stakes in sloppy conditions and thick fog before winning the final jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday.

* The muscular horse is 1,268 pounds, more than 100 pounds more than American Pharoah, the Baffert-trained horse that won the Triple Crown in 2015, and stands at 16.3 hands high, slightly taller than American Pharoah. (Compiled by Rory Carroll; editing by Clare Fallon)

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