Justify, who will make a Triple Crown bid in Saturday's 150th Belmont Stakes, arrived at Belmont Park on Wednesday at approximately 2:15 p.m.

The trainer said Justify, the 4-5 favourite over nine opponents in the 1-1/2-mile (2400m) Belmont, the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown, signalled his readiness for his task on Saturday the minute he stepped off the truck. Still, Kent Desormeaux's tentative ride on Big Brown - the jockey pulled up the uninjured horse in the stretch - was baffling.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor was made the early 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field for Saturday's race. According to it, Justify had the worst race of his career at the Preakness.

100% Bonus on first deposit. He didn't, though, and was rewarded with a horse that won the Triple Crown the next spring.

Baffert added he got a text from his 13-year-old son, Bode, saying there would be some rain on Belmont Stakes Day.


Both horses have connections who have had Belmont success.

So, the legendary Secretariat (1973) was the first horse to win the Triple Crown with the modern format: Derby on the first Saturday in May; Preakness, two weeks later; Belmont, three weeks after the Preakness. You're in NY.

American Pharoah's 2015 victory put an end to a 37-year Triple Crown drought - a period that saw 13 horses fall short at the Belmont.

Baffert, who was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night's game, can become only the second trainer to saddle more than one Triple Crown victor after "Sunny" Jim Fitzsimmons, who trained Gallant Fox and Omaha.

Free Drop Billy won the Breeders' Cup Futurity last October - Bravazo was second - but hasn't won in five races since.


"There is the chance of a shower popping up ahead of the main storm this coming weekend", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said in a blog post Tuesday. Bravazo was sixth at the Kentucky Derby. "We'll try him out one more time". Ortiz won the 2016 aboard Creator.

Baffert also commented on the possibility that the Preakness could be on its way out of Baltimore. Restoring Hope (30/1) 6.

His sire, Scat Daddy, a Grade 1-winning juvenile, was known for having a late kick, often winning races from behind.

In the 1993 Belmont, Smith was aboard Preakness victor Prairie Bayou.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champion Justify, gets a bath at Churchill Downs. He has won four of six career races in lower level stakes overseas. Ortiz won the Belmont previous year with Tapwrit, while Brown has yet to win it.


Tenfold, trained by Steve Asmussen, raced as a 2-year-old, broke his maiden at Oaklawn in February and followed that up five weeks later by winning an allowance race. His biggest challenger, Audible, with whom he shares ownership, won't be running in the Belmont - why risk spoiling the party? - nor will Breeders' Cup Juvenile victor, Kentucky Derby runner-up and Preakness pacesetter Good Magic. Asmussen was the trainer for 2016 Belmont victor Creator, and Espinoza won the race in 2015 on American Pharaoh. He'll enter two colts who last ran in the Kentucky Derby with Vino Rosso and Noble Indy. Pletcher saddled the 2017 Belmont victor Tapwrit.

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