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Gigantic New Triple Crown Trophy Is Going Viral After Justify's Win

2018 Belmont Stakes, featuring Triple Crown winner Justify.

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been taken with a tilt-shift lens) Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith start with the other horses on his way to winning the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It took 37 years for a horse to claim the first Triple Crown trophy after Affirmed in 1978. Following American Pharoah's 2015 win, a new trophy was made, and today, it was awarded to Justify.

Justify went wire-to-wire at the Belmont Stakes today, a dominant performance befitting of the Triple Crown.

To this point, Triple Crown winners have been awarded a small, pyramid-like trophy that easily fits on a desk. The trophy that American Pharoah received is similar to this one, that was given to 1978 winner Affirmed, the last horse to win before him.

Hopefully no one shows Pharoah the new trophy that is being given out. At least in terms of size, it is a bit of an upgrade.

The new trophy was commissioned back in 2016. It was awarded for the first time today.

Like the original trophy, this one has a three sided base and crown section, for the legs of the Triple Crown. Unlike the trophy that you see above, this one is over three-feet tall.

According to horse racing site BloodHorse, New York Racing Association president Chris Kay, who commissioned the big new trophy, envisions it being treated like the Stanley Cup.

The trophy will rotate between Churchill Downs, Pimlico, and Belmont Park in order to help draw fans to other races. And, because it is the 21st century, it was made as big as it is in part so that people can take selfies in the reflection.

Kay said that while the trophy has a classic look, it also has an interactive feature that should draw people.

"It has classic lines, it's beautiful," Kay said. "But it has a modern aspect where you can take a 'selfie' where your face is immersed in the trophy."

We're sure we'll see a few of those photos circulated online now that the trophy finally has a champion.