Justify arrives for Belmont Stakes, walks shed row

08 June, 2018, 02:58 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Jockey Martin Garcia works Triple Crown hopeful Justify at Churchill Downs in Louisville Ky. Tuesday

Justify, trying to win the Triple Crown, drew the No. 1 post position Tuesday in the 10-horse field for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

Justify traveled smoothly to Belmont Park via a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a van ride from an airport on Long Island.

Between Affirmed winning thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown in 1978 and American Pharoah duplicating that feat in 2015, 13 horses won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

"It's just a different vibe", said Bob Baffert, who also trained Pharoah.

When Gallant Fox won the Triple Crown in 1930, the Preakness was run before the Derby, but the distances were what they are now. The two-time G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen victor is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's prestigious GI Runhappy Metropolitan H. We're just riding his coat-tails. Baffert said Tuesday the experience of winning so recently with American Pharoah in 2015 was helping him manage the pressure this week.

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"I think, like all of us, we need Justify to wake up on the wrong side of the bed to have a chance", said Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Vino Rosso and Noble Indy with three previous Belmont wins to his name.

"He got their attention somehow". "(Jockey Mike Smith) said he could have won by more", Baffert said. He was just dragging me around there.

Baffert was the victim of a bite on his hand from Justify the other day while walking the horse. "But there are a lot of good trainers that with the right horse they can win the big one".

"With a Triple Crown in play for the second time in four years, SMT has another unique chance to help document a historic moment", says Ben Hayes, Manager, Client Services, SMT.

The stage is set for a climactic battle at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Baffert said there isn't a firm game plan for the next two days.

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Much like the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby, SMT's suite of products will engage viewers from gate to finish with real-time, data-driven graphics, up-to-the-second odds, and commentator analysis. Bode wants to be a meteorologist. As soon as I saw the muddy track on race day, everything changed; everything except the column I submitted on the previous Wednesday. Although Baffert did not specify a time, it was expected that Justify would get his first visit to the track on Thursday morning.

Some of Justify's rivals have already tested the track after arriving earlier in the week.

Hofburg, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness, is the second choice at 9-2. Bravazo, the Preakness runner-up, also galloped. In the Belmont Stakes, he will need to finish in front of nine more to become the 13th Triple Crown victor.

Now, Bravazo and Lukas will try to upend history.

"At the time I had only been in business for a year and had some nice horses", Wolf said.

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