Belmont Stakes Draw: Justify Is Favorite in Bid for Triple Crown

The Triple Crown trophy has a new look for Justify's attempt

It's about to be really important.

Much like the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby, SMT's suite of products will engage viewers from gate to finish with real-time, data-driven graphics, up-to-the-second odds, and commentator analysis. He's doing great and I just think he deserves a chance to run with the best. He hasn't had it often recently, and figured he was due.

The 10-horse field was revealed at the draw for post positions.

"It's fun and exciting to be a part of something that could be historic, like when we ran third the year Pharoah won", Romans said. "Deal with it. So Mike Smith, basically, his options are he only has one option".

"We've seen so many good horses come in here and get beat", Baffert said. He also won the luck of the draw.

It'll be the fifth time one of Baffert's horses has had a chance to complete the Triple Crown, though only American Pharaoh accomplished the feat (2015). His biggest challenger, Audible, with whom he shares ownership, won't be running in the Belmont - why risk spoiling the party? - nor will Breeders' Cup Juvenile victor, Kentucky Derby runner-up and Preakness pacesetter Good Magic. Laat year's victor, Tapwrit, started from the No. 2 post. He is an even-paced runner who rarely loses touch with the front of the field which gives him an advantage in a long distance race like the Belmont where front-runners are nearly certain to tire.

Justify traveled smoothly to Belmont Park via a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a van ride from an airport on Long Island.

"He hasn't had a break", Baffert said. "He's going to be a target now and you don't know what's going to happen". "The big races that were canceled that day were brought back the following weekend". "I've never had a horse that can keep his composure after running time after time".

This is the only horse who matters on Saturday. Vino Rosso, who finished ninth in the Derby, is trained by three-time Belmont victor Todd Pletcher and ridden by two-time victor John Velazquez.

Bravazo was sixth in the Derby and second in the Preakness with 90+ in three of his last four races.

We can also tell you that Demling isn't high on Vino Rosso, a horse going off at 8-1 in the latest 2018 Belmont Stakes odds.

Long shot outsider Free Drop Billy (30-1) was in gate two, with the risky 8-1 contender Bravazo in three. "The only thing I'm sorry is that my mom and dad aren't alive". "The headline says, 'Plane crash, Bob Baffert got killed".

"He was, like, 'Let's get it on, '" said the trainer.

Baffert, tinted blue sunglasses still on beneath his wave of white hair, just smiled.

"He's the best horse trainer in America, and he always puts his horses first, " Romans said of Baffert. Now, he is scorching - another Belmont Stakes win away from a legacy all his own.

Touch Gold won the Belmont in 1997 by three-quarters of a length, denying Silver Charm a Triple Crown. Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002) all fell short.

"He's a monster, " said Dale Romans, the all-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs. As Romans pointed out, Baffert could have run him. "He was one-dimensional and he was light, he was really light". But when a horse is trying for history, it's one of the biggest on the summer calendar.

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