Belmont Stakes: Justify draws No

Gronkowski ready root for ‘beast of a horse’ in Belmont 2018

Gronkowski ready root for ‘beast of a horse’ in Belmont 2018

The 5-for-5 Justify will try to become thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown victor.

Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race. "We have it. We can't change it". So we're just going to deal with it.

Justify's road to history may be daunting, but there are some factors on his side as well.

The only concern is Justify's post position on the rail. But none have won from the rail since Empire Maker in 2003.

"There's only limited chances to run in a race like this", Romans said.

This time the No. 7 hole went to Tenfold.

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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.

Though his stablemate Audible, who was widely considered the top candidate to spoil a Triple Crown, has been withdrawn the race, Justify will still have to contend with Bravazo, the runner-up at Preakness and the current Sham to Justify's Secretariat. Vino Rosso finished ninth in the Derby and didn't run in the Preakness. It's an honor to represent another potential Triple Crown victor this year. Justify and Bravazo will be the only horses to campaign the entire Triple Crown trail this year. He broke from the No. 1 post in the Preakness. The Kentucky Derby's 17th-place finisher is at 9-1.

Justify fights off a game challenge to win the Preakness by a half-length in a thick fog.

Todd Pletcher is one other high-profile trainer with stakes in Saturday's race, and he brings the duo of Vino Rosso and Noble Indy to Belmont Park hoping one underdog (or both) will have a big race. "I had a feeling I was due for the one".

"Let's see if he can do it", said Baffert, who will also send out longshot Restoring Hope in Saturday's main event. The only horse inside him will be Justify, attempting to become the 13th horse to sweep the Triple Crown and just the second to do so without a loss.

In the past 20 races, every post from 1 through 13 has produced at least one victor, except for Gate 10. And what long shot do you need to jump on? He and teammate Tom Brady have wagered together at the Derby in past years. Without the elusive Triple Crown on the line, total handle fell to $52.2 million in 2016, and down to $47.2 million in 2017. He got sick and missed the Derby and has been waiting to make his USA debut in the grueling Belmont.

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