Justify to make run for Triple Crown from Belmont rail

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

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

Trainer Bob Baffert leads Justify through the shed row at Belmont Park on Wednesday.

Undefeated Justify drew the inside in a field of 10 for Saturday's Belmont Stakes on Tuesday at Citi Field. Eastern after a flight from Kentucky, where he had been based since his victory in the Preakness Stakes.

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.

The full slate of post positions and morning-line odds was revealed on Tuesday afternoon: No1 Justify (4-5), No2 Free Drop Billy (30-1), No3 Bravazo (8-1), No4 Hofburg (9-2), No5 Restoring Hope (30-1), No6 Gronkowski (12-1), No7 Tenfold (12-1), No8 Vino Rosso (8-1), No9 Noble Indy (30-1), No10 Blended Citizen (15-1). His fleet offspring, such as Lady Aurelia, Caravaggio, Acapulco, No Nay Never and Sioux Nation, tend to label Scat Daddy as a speed type rather than a horse with stamina, but Scat Daddy performed well in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby with Lady of Shamrock, Daddys Lil Darling, Dacita and Harmonize all winning at classic distances or beyond. "We'll just deal with it". The last was with victor American Pharoah, making Wheels Up undefeated in Triple Crown sponsorship and putting everything on the line with Justify. "We can not think of a better brand than Wheels Up to partner with a horse like Justify".

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European veteran Gronkowski isn't as accustomed to dirt, however, and may need more than a little of that fortune if he's to beat Justify, whose strong preparations suggest he's on course for Triple Crown treasure. But the most recent Belmont victor who started on the rail was Empire Maker in 2003. Both sat out the Preakness after finishing far back in the Derby.

Baffert has another horse in the race: Restoring Hope, the third-place finisher in the Wood Memorial.

Showers are expected in Elmont, where the race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds is scheduled to start at 6:37 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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