Justify's value skyrockets to $60M with Triple Crown win at Belmont Park

Restoring Hope still hangs off Justify at the end of the backstretch with Bravazo pinned inside and other challengers forced to run extremely wide

Triple Crown victor Justify has returned to Churchill Downs to rest as the track where the quest began prepares to celebrate the milestone.

Because of his value as a stud, there's a chance that Justify's racing career is over, though there are still a few races he could take on later in the year.

The chestnut colt's wire-to-wire victory came in the 150st running of the Belmont Stakes Championship Horse Race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Saturday.

Repole also co-owns 10th-place finisher Noble Indy with WinStar Farm, the majority owner of Justify.

Justify's trainer, Bob Baffert, said that the win was meant to be. Justify was purchased as a yearling for $500,000.

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Forbes has estimated that once retired, Justify could demand an initial $100,000 stud fee - giving him a $60 million value based exclusively on breeding fees if he were to cover 150 mares per breeding season for four years.

The full race portion of the telecast (6:22-7:13 p.m.) posted a total audience delivery of 12.7 million viewers on NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, which will rank as the weekend's most watched event, according to fast national data provided by Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

Justify's breeding rights far outpaced those of American Pharoah, who became the first horse since 1978 to win the Trible Crown back in 2015.

While saying Justify was the deserving victor, Repole told reporter Tom Pedula he felt like Restoring Hope, a 37-1 shot, ran interference for Justify against other horses in the race.

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