Favored Justify draws the rail for Belmont

Aubrey Yates
June 7, 2018

The chestnut son of Scat Daddy needs a victory in the 1-1/2 mile race to become the 13th Triple Crown victor and first since American Pharoah in 2015 to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

"Wayne Lukas told me a long time ago when I was just getting started. he said he's made millions of dollars running horses where people told him he didn't belong, and if your horse is doing good don't be afraid to give them a chance", Romans said.

Trained by the legendary American racehorse trainer Bob Baffert, who also trained the 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, Justify began this year with three wins at Santa Anita, including the Santa Anita Derby, before going on to claim victories in the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Preakness runner-up Bravazo, the only other horse besides Justify who will be competing in each leg of the Triple Crown, and Vino Rosso were both were installed at 8-1 while the rest of the field is 12-1 or longer.

The field for the 150th Belmont in post position order with jockeys and odds: Justify, Smith, 4-5; Free Drop Billy, Robby Albarado, 30-1; Bravazo, Luis Saez, 8-1; Hofburg, Irad Ortiz Jr., 9-2; Restoring Hope, Geroux, 30-1; Gronkowski, Jose Ortiz, 12-1; Tenfold, Ricardo Santana Jr., 12-1; Vino Rosso, John Velazquez, 8-1; Noble Indy, Javier Castellano, 30-1; Blended Citizen, Kyle Frey, 15-1.

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Here's how you can watch the draw for the Belmont Stakes. "Winners fly Wheels Up and we wish Justify all the best".

He followed it up two weeks later at Pimlico, fending off an extended challenge from Good Magic in an enveloping fog on another muddy course, and also from the seven hole, to win by a half-length over Bravazo.

For the fourth time in his career, trainer Dale Romans brings a horse to Belmont Park with designs on spoiling a Triple Crown bid.

Trainer Bob Baffert leads Justify through the shed row at Belmont Park on Wednesday.

The 10-horse field was revealed at the draw for post positions. In 2015, Baffert trained American Pharoah to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. But none have won from the rail since Empire Maker in 2003.

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