Justify draws the rail for Belmont

Friday, 08 Jun, 2018

That could force the talented colt to expended more energy than desired to get clear of the field and up near the front, a maneuver that has taken its toll on other Belmont entrants.

Triple Crown hopeful Justify arrived in NY on Wednesday, three days before the Belmont Stakes where the colt will attempt to make history.

"You have to have a horse that really wants to do that, and is capable of doing that", Mott said of the distance, the longest of the Triple Crown races.

Who is Ready For a 13th Triple Crown Winner? "We'll try him out one more time".

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He's not worth the odds he's getting in this Belmont field.

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Wheels Up also sponsored American Pharoah three years ago when it became the 12th Triple Crown victor, giving rise to Dichter's claim, "Once you become part of the Wheels Up family, the magic happens".

While each of the three races date back to the second half of the nineteenth century, the concept of the Triple Crown wasn't conceived until several decades later. He was 16th at the Kentucky Derby. The first Belmont Stakes to be broadcast was in 1948, when CBS viewers watched Citation win the Triple Crown. "Plus, he's run five races in a very short period of time". He's never run on dirt, never run in this country and never run more than a mile in a race (Belmont is 1-1/2 miles). Bravazo was sixth at the Kentucky Derby.

After all, Enable, the best filly in Europe last season, is off games until August at least, and stable-mate Cracksman looked vulnerable on the quicker ground when struggling to win the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom last week. It was just another efficient outing for the Washington Nationals ace, who pitched eight strong innings in a 4-2 victory to become the first 10-game victor in the majors this season. He was seventh in the Kentucky Derby.

The Los Angeles-based Baffert however was relaxed about Justify's chances despite the unfavourable draw.

The No. 1 hole could hurt Justify, meaning he'll be forced to use some early speed to keep from being pinned on the rail. NBC Sports will televise the 1.5-mile race.

Blended Citizen (Proud Citizen), victor of the Belmont's traditional prep GIII Peter Pan S., stood by the rail by the clubhouse gap and took in the somewhat surprising serene scene at 6:15 a.m. 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. He just keeps bringing it every race. His resume also includes offensive coordinator stints with St. Louis and Philadelphia, and two years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Like Justify, Tenfold didn't race as a 2-year-old.

Justify barely held on to win the Preakness after dominating the Kentucky Derby. Victor of Keeneland's Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) in 2017, Free Drop Billy will be ridden by Robby Albarado. Velazquez has won it twice, last in 2012 aboard Union Rags. He is being housed in Barn 1, the same place American Pharoah was housed before winning the Triple Crown in 2015. He returned to win the Belmont in 2010 with Drosselmeyer and again in 2013 with 13-1 shot Palace Malice. Castellano is yet to. He picked Justify to win, saying he excelled in the slop.