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


Justify with trainer Bob Baffert

The 10-horse field was revealed at the draw for post positions.

Trainer Bob Baffert, who also trained American Pharoah, brings the chestnut colt to the Triple Crown's final race as a 4-5 odds-on favorite. We have it. We can't change it. "We'll deal with it".

Since 1905, a leading 23 horses have won from the No. 1 post.

"He is so talented, I think he can dictate the race", Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said of Justify.

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Hofburg, who is trained by William I Mott and ridden by Irad Ortiz, drew the fourth post and is the second choice at 9-2. Vino Rosso and Preakness runner-up Bravazo both were installed at 8-1. Vino Rosso finished ninth in the Derby and didn't run in the Preakness.

American Pharoah, won the Triple Crown in 2015, marking the first victor in 37 years. The Kentucky Derby's 17th-place finisher is at 9-1. The colt was pinned to the rail and had nowhere to go until a late run helped him finish sixth.

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Shurmur, who was hired in January, also recently threw out a first pitch at Citi Field before a Mets game as he comes into focus in the NY spotlight. Baffert, who won the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015, was set to throw out the first pitch.

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Before that, he ran down Harvick for the lead and playoff point with seven laps to go to take the stage win. He's starting second, so if he can get out in front early, it might be a long day for everyone else.

Justify will line up with nine horses to his right as part of a field that includes five horses he beat during a rain-soaked Kentucky Derby and two he beat at a wet and foggy Preakness Stakes. One horse - Seahenge - considered a possibility for Saturday's race didn't enter, but the rest of the lineup was as expected. 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. He and teammate Tom Brady have wagered together at the Derby in past years.

This will be the second time Wheels Up has signed on to sponsor a Triple Crown contender. He got sick and missed the Derby and has been waiting to make his US debut in the grueling Belmont.

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