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

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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. "I just feel that, I think most importantly, the horse is doing well".

Justify, who won the Kentucky Derby five weeks ago, is scheduled to train at Belmont Park on Thursday and Friday before his Triple Crown bid on Saturday.

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

"I never do like to draw the rail, but my horses seem to live in it", said Bob Baffert, Justify's trainer.

Now at the age of 82, Lukas most recently came close to pulling off a monumental upset when Calumet Farm's Bravazo (Awesome Again) finished a closing half-length behind undefeated "TDN Rising Star" Justify (Scat Daddy) in the GI Preakness S. May 19. 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).

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.

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The Bob Baffert-trained horse has won the first two legs of the US thoroughbred racing's famous hat trick - the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes - running from post No. 7.

There will be a lot at stake when Justify enters the gate in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park this Saturday. But the most recent Belmont victor who started on the rail was Empire Maker in 2003.

Ahmed Zayat in the winner's circle with American Pharoah after he won the Triple Crown in 2015. The Kentucky Derby's 17th-place finisher is at 9-1.

In the past 20 races, every post from 1 through 13 has produced at least one victor, except for Gate 10.

Should Justify pull off the historic bid in the one-and-a-half-mile Belmont, the third and most hard of the Triple Crown legs staged at the venerable race course just outside NY city limits, the colt will set a record for number of rivals defeated with the storied feat on the line.

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