Justify a 4-5 favorite for Belmont

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

"Bode sent a text that said, 'Tell dad there's a cold front pushing through NY, and there's going to be a half-an-inch of rain the day of the race", Bob Baffert said shortly after his Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor settled in here at John Terranova's Barn 1, the same place that American Pharoah called his temporary home. I'm afraid it's just too much, but if I don't put him on top, I'll forever remember the year I picked against a Triple Crown victor in two of the three races. None of the other Triple Crown winners defeated more than seven challengers in the Belmont.

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.

"I believe it was 2 years ago at Saratoga, on one of our big race days (Fourstar Dave Day), NYRA had to cancel racing after about the 5th race because there was a torrential rain storm", Osojnak explained. Is Justify that good? And when the pace of a race and final speed figure are looked at together, Justify is still the class of the field.

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When Gallant Fox won the Triple Crown in 1930, the Preakness was run before the Derby, but the distances were what they are now. He has only a single win on his resume but his last two races have been superb. "He's being trained by Todd Pletcher, who's won the Belmont Stakes three times".

Trained by Baffert and to be ridden by Mike Smith, Justify is unbeaten in five starts and will be tested by some fresher horses in the Belmont Stakes, which has often ended the dreams of many Triple Crown hopefuls.

Free Drop Billy (Union Rags-Trensa) - Bred by Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust, Free Drop Billy was consigned by Gainesway, agent, to the September Sale and sold for $200,000 to Kempton/Berkelhammer, agents for owner Albaugh Family Stables.

Justify jockey Mike Smith said on GCR May 22 that he didn't intend to win the Preakness by as little as he did, but the fog that covered Pimlico Race Course meant he couldn't see the fast-approaching horses behind him as the race came to a close. Vino Rosso (8/1) 9.

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The rail is Justify trainer Bob Baffert's least favorite spot, and that's where he's stuck in the No. 1 post, writes Dan Wolken for USA Today.

Vino Rosso did win the Wood Memorial in April, but his disappointing finish at the Kentucky Derby makes him a risky bet this weekend. Both colts won their prep races prior to the Derby but neither threatened the victor.

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

Bravazo (No. 3, 8-1), who was sixth in the Derby and finished a half-length behind Justify in the Preakness, is another strong contender. His extraordinary performances in the Derby and Preakness are anomalies in an otherwise inconsistent ten race career. Unraced as a three-year-old, Justify has won all of his five career starts in the space of three months.

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