Belmont Stakes: Justify Running For The Triple Crown

Tyler Owen
June 8, 2018

Justify was tiring at the end, and the two horses who competed at Oaklawn Park would have beaten his $500,000 purchase price if the race had been a mile and a quarter like the Derby, but the Preakness is 1 3/16 miles.

"We are thrilled to see the success this ownership group has had together as they are all longtime supporters of our efforts", said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford."Every member of this group truly cares about their horse's wellbeing beyond the track; we are extremely grateful for their generosity as we rely heavily on donations to continue to serve hundreds of racehorses retiring each year".

A legendary prognosticator and current CBS Sports expert, Goldberg couldn't have been more dead-on about the 2018 Kentucky Derby. He has mild concerns about the distance at the Belmont, but believes Justify is good enough and fast enough to win.

Baffert however reported that Justify has looked in good shape since his victory in the Preakness on May 19.

Then, he called Justify repeating at the Preakness despite an injured heel and sloppy conditions - which is exactly what happened.

In the women's quarterfinals, No. 10 Sloane Stephens beat No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-1, and No. 13 Madison Keys eliminated unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-4. Albaugh Family Stables' Grade 1 victor Free Drop Billy will be a decided long shot against Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor Justify in Saturday's 2018 Belmont Stakes, but Romans wouldn't want to be anywhere else. His sire, Union Rags, won the 2012 edition of the Belmont Stakes which gives him the bloodline as well as the running style to make him a compelling player.

Bode Baffert has made meteorology a hobby since the Pharoah days of 2015, and he has had an uncanny knack for being right more often than the National Weather Service when it really counts.

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The race horse won by two and a half lengths at Churchill Downs during the wettest Derby in history.

Long shot outsider Free Drop Billy (30-1) was in gate two, with the risky 8-1 contender Bravazo in three.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are now in the forecast Saturday for Elmont, New York, where the race is taking place. "He came in here late.' It was exciting to win the Preakness, but I thought, 'Well, maybe this is it, '" Baffert said. If he repeats his Preakness performance he stands a chance but he faces a tough task as a lightly raced colt with only three weeks rest. My guess at the final order of finish is 1-9-7-4-3-8-10-2-6-5.

"I'm liking Vino Rosso more and more", Goldberg told SportsLine. "But he still has to go a mile and a half".

Shurmur, who was named head coach of the New York Giants in January, will appear in the paddock prior to the start of the Belmont Stakes to announce "Riders Up", signaling the time for jockeys to receive a leg up on their mounts as they prepare to parade out onto the track. Demling is sharing which horse it is, along with his entire projected leaderboard, over at SportsLine.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling comes into the 2018 Belmont on a hot streak.

Demling is extremely high on a big long shot that would net any backer a colossal windfall.

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