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

Justify could become U.S. racing's 13th Triple Crown winner on Saturday

Justify, trying to win the Triple Crown, drew the No. 1 post position Tuesday in the 10-horse field for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. "So we'll just deal with it". But none have won from the rail since Empire Maker in 2003.

Hofburg was made the 9-2 second choice.

The unflappable colt has already erased the "curse of Apollo", winning the 144th Kentucky Derby despite having never run as a 2-year-old, and secured the Preakness despite a thick fog and sloppy conditions. Bravazo finished sixth and Vino Rosso ran ninth in the Kentucky Derby. Lukas often observes that both accomplishments are gratifying, but is quick to acknowledge that the hunt for the Triple Crown keeps him motivated year in and year out. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought when he completed the sweep in 2015.

On June 6, the team behind Triple Crown contender Justify (Elliott Walden, President and Chief Executive of WinStar Farm, co-owners with China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, and Starlight Racing) announced Wheels Up, the revolutionary member-based private aviation company, as an exclusive sponsor.

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Wearing a Mets jersey with his name on the back, Baffert tossed out a ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field before the Mets hosted the Orioles.

Nine horses are set to line up against Justify, including five he beat in the Derby and two he beat in the Preakness. Bravazo came back with a second-place finish in the Preakness. Still, the post draw makes each horse's starting position official, and the morning line odds provide a starting point for any bettors preparing their trifectas for Saturday.

Baffert's other Belmont Stakes starter, Restoring Hope, accompanied Justify on the flight from Louisville and the van ride from Islip Airport.

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