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Justify wins Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes—here's how much the owners get paid

Justify #1 with Mike Smith aboard defeats Gronkowski #6 Jose Ortiz to win the 150th Belmont Stakes
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Justify #1 with Mike Smith aboard defeats Gronkowski #6 Jose Ortiz to win the 150th Belmont Stakes

Justify won the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, becoming the 13th horse to earn the coveted Triple Crown.

The 3-year-old colt also collected a sizable paycheck for his ownership team: $800,000 of the $1.5 million purse.

Having already brought home $1.24 million from the Kentucky Derby and $900,000 from the Preakness Stakes, Justify earned his team a total of $2.94 million in prize money from the three legs of the Triple Crown.

Jockey Mike Smith celebrates atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park
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Jockey Mike Smith celebrates atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park

Justify's 52-year-old jockey, Mike Smith, who became the oldest jockey to ever win the Triple Crown, also benefited from a victory at Belmont: The winning rider gets 10 percent of what the owners collect which means that Smith, who already collected checks for $124,000 and $90,000 from the first two legs of the Triple Crown, earned an additional $80,000. That number will get shaved down about 30 percent, though, after Smith pays his agent and valet, the person who gets the jockey's gear in place.

Justify's team wasn't the only one to cash in on Saturday. Belmont's $1.5 million purse was divided among the top eight finishers. Here's a breakdown of how it got split up:

First place (Justify): $800,000
Second place (Gronkowski): $280,000
Third place (Hofburg): $150,000
Fourth place (Vino Rosso): $100,000
Fifth place (Tenfold): $60,000
Sixth place (Bravazo): $45,000
Seventh place (Free Drop Billy): $35,000
Eighth place (Restoring Hope): $30,000

The second and third place jockeys get 5 percent of their owner's take, meaning the second-place jockey got a check for $14,000, while the third-place jockey got one for $7,500, before fees.

Justify, the first Triple Crown winner since American Pharoah in 2015, will not receive a monetary bonus for the feat. But the pride that comes with joining the exclusive stable of Triple Crown champions is priceless.

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