Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

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

Justify-Baffert-060418-getty-ftr Justify with trainer Bob Baffert
Cassandra Gardner | 07 June, 2018, 07:26

Justify was led off the horse van by assistant trainer Jim Barnes, who then passed the lead shank to trainer Bob Baffert, who took Justify around the shed row several times before relinquishing him to groom Lalo Luna.

Successful or not, Justify's presence in the Belmont Stakes will be a win for the New York Racing Association, according to the New York Times. His 98 Brisnet speed figure in the Preakness is complimented by his 107 pace figure, which, when added together (205), nearly equals that of his Kentucky Derby performance (204). We have it; we can't change it. "We'll just deal with it".

The only other horses with single-digit odds are Preakness runner-up Bravazo and Vino Rosso, both at 8-1.

Aside from all the usual speculation that comes in the aftermath of a post-position draw, Justify is worthy of his praise, as he's excelled in muddy wins at the Kentucky and the Preakness.

Back in 2003, Juddmonte's Empire Maker took home the race, spoiling the Triple Crown aspirations of Funny Cide, who finished in third.

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"I think, like all of us, that to have a chance we need Justify to wake up on the wrong side of the bed", Pletcher said.

In the 2010 Kentucky Derby, Baffert had the favorite with Lookin At Lucky, who broke from the No. 1 hole.

The most likely spoiler in the well-rested 10-horse field, which features only two challengers that ran in the Preakness three weeks ago, is second choice Hofburg, the seventh-place finisher in the Derby who opens at 9-2. The last was with victor American Pharoah, making Wheels Up undefeated in Triple Crown sponsorship and putting everything on the line with Justify.

"One of these horses or two maybe has to run a little bit better than you would expect them to, mine included (to win)", Lukas said.

Here's how you can watch the draw for the Belmont Stakes. Without the elusive Triple Crown on the line, total handle fell to $52.2 million in 2016, and down to $47.2 million in 2017. Visit SportsLine now to get Jody Demling's Belmont Stakes picks and predictions for every single horse, all from the horse racing guru who nailed the 1-2 finish and superfecta a year ago.

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