"I just feel that, I think most importantly, the horse is doing well".
Trained by the legendary American racehorse trainer Bob Baffert, who also trained the 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, Justify began this year with three wins at Santa Anita, including the Santa Anita Derby, before going on to claim victories in the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Preakness runner-up Bravazo and Vino Rosso are next at 8-1, followed by Gronkowski and Tenfold at 12-1, Blended Citizen at 15-1 and 30-1 shots Noble Indy, Free Drop Billy and Restoring Hope. A win would make him the 13th Triple Crown victor, the second in four years, and would give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown victor and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith his first. Bravazo was sixth in the Derby and came running late to finish a half-length behind Justify in the Preakness.
But no horse has a better track record at defying the odds than the favorite, Justify. Notably, Hofburg's team chose to skip the Preakness Stakes to run extra length off the Belmont on fresh legs - just as Empire Maker did in his 2003 upset.More news: CEO Tim Cook Rejects Report Apple May Abuse Facebook Data
Justify will start his run at the missing piece of his Triple Crown quest from the rail post in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Bravazo also has a favourable draw at No. 3 and will be hopeful of posing a challenge on the top spot.
"I never do like to draw the rail, but my horses seem to live in it", said Bob Baffert, Justify's trainer.More news: Ruthless Nadal breezes into last 16
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. 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. But the most recent Belmont victor who started on the rail was Empire Maker in 2003.
For the fourth time in his career, trainer Dale Romans brings a horse to Belmont Park with designs on spoiling a Triple Crown bid.
The 150th Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 9 in Elmont, N.Y. The race is held at Belmont Park with a post time of 6:37 p.m. ET.More news: Djokovic and Zverev battle through at Roland Garros but Dimitrov tumbles out