And yet horses once could do what Justify has done, if not in the literal sense of winning six races in 111 days at the beginning of a career, ending at the apogee of the sport, then in the spirit of Derby and Preakness victor Carry Back running nine races at 3 before hitting a wall in the Belmont, or of Tim Tam, who raced once at 2 and then 12 times at 3 before going wrong in his attempt to win the Triple Crown.
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.
Repole told the New York Post he hopes that Belmont Park's racing stewards will take a second look at Geroux's ride.
"I wanted to see that horse's name up there (with the other greats) because we know he was brilliant from day one", he told reporters.
"I don't see how (Restoring Hope) got in anyone's way", the jockey told CNN Sport's Don Riddell.
Justify's hall-of-fame trainer Bob Baffert said the win was meant to be.
But the New York State Gaming Commission confirmed that there were no plans for its steward, Steve Lewandowski, to discuss it with Geroux.
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"It's cruel", Sandra Chica, the man's wife, said at a press conference Wednesday. The couple's two daughters, ages four and three, also are American citizens.
"But they all ran well, but that's all you can ask for, that your horses do well, but they still have to show up".
"Why would you send a horse that breaks bad and take everybody out, then come back in?" My horse broke a step slow and Justify was already in front of me'. "It would have been even worse if he was behind horses".
It's pretty obvious that Restoring Hope did make matters a bit tougher, for a short time, for horses charging upward through the field.
'Had I known better, the first eighth of a mile I would have thought it was a quarter-horse race, not the mile-and-a-half Belmont. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice.
Repole also co-owns 10th-place finisher Noble Indy with WinStar Farm, the majority owner of Justify. The operation owns 15 percent of the breeding rights to Justify, who is descended from previous Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Secretariat.
Noble Indy, a 23-1 shot ridden by Javier Castellano, never got closer than fourth. "I can't describe the emotions that's going through my body right now".