Belmont Stakes: Justify draws No

08 June, 2018, 02:59 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • The Triple Crown trophy has a new look for Justify's attempt

When American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes in 2015, he became the first Triple Crown victor in 37 years.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes-winning colt was accompanied on the flight from Kentucky by his Bob Baffert-trained stablemate and Belmont opponent Restoring Hope and a stable pony.

To become one of horse racing's top trainers requires instincts, strategy acquired over time and tons of patience.

"I think it'll get down to which horses have the pedigree and the stamina to finish", Lukas said.

"Right now we're just going to enjoy the moment".

And history may be on Justify's side. Today's pop-up podcast features handicappers Dave Tuley, Vinny Magliulo and Patrick McQuiggan, all focused on analyzing each of the 10 horses in the Belmont field.

In videos of the gallops and the two workouts since the Preakness, Justify did not look like a horse that just ran very hard races in the Derby and Preakness. An injury kept him from starting in the Derby so he will make his American debut in the Belmont. He can pick his spots. Stephens beat Keys in the U.S. Open final last September, and Thursday's rematch will be the first all-American women's semifinal at the French Open since Serena Williams defeated Jennifer Capriati in 2002.

"There's only limited chances to run in a race like this", Romans said. Gronkowski (12/1) 7. Tenfold (12/1) 8. The colt was a fast-closing third in the Preakness and is 12-1 for the Belmont.


The colt is Hofburg, a 9-2 second choice in $1.5 million race Saturday. Justify powered through 1¼ miles of rainy muck at the Kentucky Derby and charged in the fog to claim the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, winning the slowest race of his life by half a length. Vino Rosso and Preakness runner-up Bravazo both were installed at 8-1.

Vino Rosso (Curlin-Mythical Bride) - John D. Gunther also bred Vino Rosso, the Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets (G2) victor who races for Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable.

44 years later, Bob Baffert is on the precipice of a second Triple Crown in three years. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015. He also nailed the top two finishers at the Arkansas Derby and predicted the 1-2 finish of the Man O' War Stakes at Belmont.

Gronkowski (Lonhro [AUS]-Four Sugars) - The Belmont will mark the North American debut for Gronkowski, who was consigned as a weanling by Trackside Farm, agent, to the 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale and sold to Margaret O'Toole for $75,000. He won the Preakness.

"He's just breathing fire out there, " Justify's assistant trainer, Jimmy Barnes, said last Friday, after Justify's daily gallop at Churchill Downs.

There is an "after the lord mayor's show" feeling about the racing menu in the United Kingdom next Saturday, with Royal Ascot less than two weeks away, but there are two Group 3s at Haydock, and I like CRIBBS CAUSEWAY in the Pinnacle Stakes and DUTCH CONNEC- TION in the John O'Gaunt Stakes.

"We have it", Baffert said. "He's going to be a target now and you don't know what's going to happen".

The trainer threw out the first pitch at Citi Field in NY. His throw from in front of the mound was high to infielder Luis Guillorme, who rose up to catch it. We provide our community with the opportunity to share their opinions and vote on topics that matter most to them. A second in the Florida Derby this year was his best career start. And since he seems to be writing the terms of engagement for this Triple Crown, the rain is not far behind. "The Belmont Stakes and New York Giants are part of the enduring fabric of the New York and national sports scene: Big Blue as one of the original NFL teams and the Belmont Stakes as the oldest sporting event in the country". Justify, Baffert's Triple Crown contender, drew the No. 1 post position and will start on the rail Saturday.

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