People Are Saying There Was Collusion In Justify's Triple Crown Win

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Justify became just the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, but his win is not without some controversy.

Following the race a number of people questioned the motives of Restoring Hope, who appeared to be blocking for fellow Bob Baffert-trained colt, Justify.

In a weird trend dating back to 1930, in years horse racing sees a Triple Crown - Notre Dame football enjoys a successful season.

Justify defied the hard post position along the rail, breaking well and taking the lead within seconds.

Restoring Hope owner Gary West said he had "no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", but Geroux defended his decision Sunday. Racing officials have not yet received confirmation from Baffert, but they remain hopeful that the colt could be paraded in conjunction with the presentation of the Kentucky Derby trophy to his connections.

Baffert was a little nervous after the first quarter-mile when Justify went out fast.

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Mike Repole, the co-owner of Vino Rosso and Noble Indy - who finished fourth and last respectively - took exception to the actions of Restoring Hope jockey Florent Geroux Saturday.

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Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes walked Justify outside Barn 33. "It was going to be my friend or the enemy", Baffert said when asked about what other horses he was concerned about as the race developed. "That's his job, to protect the other horse, and it worked for them", Velazquez said.

Since 1990, there have been 10 instances where horses have won the first two of the three legs of the Triple Crown: Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, Charismatic in 1999, War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, Big Brown in 2008, I'll Have Another in 2012 and California Chrome in 2014. "His only chance was to be up near the lead in the first wave because he's like a one-dimensional horse. I will never know".

"Opinions die", Baffert said. Affirmed not only raced, but also won Horse of the Year honors, at age 4.

Baffert, who also trained 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, defended the strategy of having Restoring Hope keep the pace.

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