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Justify, right, ridden Mike Smith leads the field at the end of the backstretch during the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Justify won the race, to claim horse racing's Triple Crown. (Mark Lennihan/AP)


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NEW YORK — Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday and become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years.

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer June 9, 2018