Justify will try and become the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown when he races in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9 on NBC. Justify is listed as the odds-on favorite to win the Belmont and capture horse racing’s Triple Crown. Justify was very impressive in winning the Kentucky Derby, but he looked tired in winning the Preakness. Can Justify give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown winner or will the grueling mile and a half be too much for Justify?
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Test of the Champion
Justify will be looking to make some history on June 9, as he looks to become just the second undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown, joining Seattle Slew. “I think the Belmont will be easier on him, the way it’s set up,” said Baffert to the media. What Baffert said is somewhat surprising considering the Belmont is a mile and a half. It is also surprising that Baffert is comparing Justify with American Pharoah who ended the 37-year Triple Crown drought by winning the Belmont in 2015. Justify looked very beatable in the Preakness but Baffert is very confident. “I just feel with this horse, he’s so talented, something can go wrong and he’d still win,” Baffert said to the media. “He’s a superior horse. [Saturday] they tried something different, and he still handled it. He’s not one-dimensional.”
Justify got a good test in the Preakness but he was able to hold off Bravazo to get the win. Both Bravazo and Tenfold were gaining on Justify at the wire. It was the fifth race in 91 days for Justify and now Justify will have to race again in three weeks in the Belmont. The question is whether or not Justify is truly a super horse that can have enough left to win the Belmont.
Baffert said that the Preakness was not the best race for Justify, but he is still comparing the horse to American Pharoah. "He reminded me of American Pharoah in the way he's doing things," said Baffert to the media, "He can be 90% and still win. Those great horses get to the top of the stretch and you think, 'Aw, they're empty,' and they still get there. I think [Justify's] next race will be really big. You can't just come and bring it all the time. This will set him up for the next one."
Will Justify Win the Triple Crown?
Justify has won all five of his career starts, but his win in the Preakness has not scared away opponents. The number of challengers to Justify could reach double digits in the Belmont. Bravazo and Tenfold are expected to be entered. “We were three-quarters of a length away from where we want to be, so let’s figure out how to get it,” said Tenfold’s trainer, Steve Asmussen. “Heck yes (we’re going to the Belmont).” Bravazo’s trainer D. Wayne Lukas had similar things to say. “After studying the video we were running the fastest of any of them at the end. So we’ll take him on and see what happens.”
Horses who were last seen in the Kentucky Derby expected to be entered in the Belmont are Vino Rosso, My Boy Jack, Solomini, Hofburg and Free Drop Billy. Audible is another horse from the Derby that could be entered, but he is owned by the same group that owns Justify and they may choose not to run Audible in this race. Also expected to be entered are Peter Pan Stakes winner Blended Citizen, Peter Pan runner-up Core Beliefs and Gronkowski who was scratched from the Derby. The field for the 2018 Belmont Stakes is expected to be 12 horses if Audible is entered and 11 if he is not.
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Mobile betting lines are updated by the minute so click here to start gambling on thrilling live action at BookMaker.eu. The Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 9, 2018. The race will be held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York and will be shown on NBC.