Boomer & Gio: Chris Mara, Co-Owner Of Giants And Justify, Talks Belmont, Big Blue

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June 08, 2018 - 9:45 am
 Mike Smith aboard Justify (7) after winning the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2018, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Chris Mara has a chance to add a Triple Crown to his collection of Super Bowl rings.

The Giants' senior vice president of player personnel and co-owner also has an ownership stake in Justify, who will try to complete the Triple Crown on Saturday at the Belmont Stakes

Talking to WFAN's Boomer & Gio on Friday, Mara admitted "the nerves are creeping in." But Mara, who has invested in several horses over the years, joked that his experience in thoroughbred racing is far different than it is with the Giants. 

"The situation with football, for me, is a lot different because I'm an owner and I'm an employee, so you're part of the process of putting a team together, and there's certainly a lot of satisfaction when we win Super Bowls or we're successful on a day-to-day basis," he said. "And then on the other hand, there's a sense of disappointment and you take responsibility in that with a lousy season like we had last year.

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"The whole horse-racing thing, for me, it is more of a hobby, but it's a very expensive hobby. And the only thing they look at me at for the races is to make sure the check clears."

When asked if he has any concerns about Justify's chances Saturday, he said it'll be interesting to see how the horse does down the stretch in his sixth race since mid-February. 

"There's a lot of concerns about that last eighth of a mile," he said. "This horse, it's the best horse in the race. But not the best horse always wins this race because that last eighth of a mile after going through a grueling campaign like it has sometimes shows up."

As for the Giants, Mara compared first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley to Justify.

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"He's a little bit like our horse, Justify. He's a freakshow," Mara said of the running back. "When he's out there, he just looks like a man amongst boys. He's just got great size to him, great quickness. He's a very instinctive player. He's a guy that can play all three downs. You don't have to worry about him coming out on third down. He's got great hands out of the backfield, and he'll stick his head in there to block. So he's looked tremendous so far."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.