Belmont Week is here, and on Tuesday we'll find out which post Justify position will bolt from on Saturday as it seeks to become the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown. Vino Rosso and Preakness runner-up Bravazo both were installed at 8-1.
Justify was led off the horse van by assistant trainer Jim Barnes, who then passed the lead shank to trainer Bob Baffert, who took Justify around the shed row several times before relinquishing him to groom Lalo Luna.
Belmont-based trainer Todd Pletcher has won "The Test of the Champion" three times - with the filly Rags to Riches (2007), Palace Malice (2013) and Tapwrit (2017).
To do so, Justify will have to defeat nine horses. Bravazo and Blended Citizen stand among those challengers. Notably, Hofburg's team made a decision to skip the Preakness Stakes to run extra length off the Belmont on fresh legs - just as Empire Maker did in his 2003 upset.More news: Kohli named in Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes
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"Heading into Belmont, our team is thrilled to partner with Wheels Up, America's fastest-growing private aviation company", said Elliott Walden, President and Chief Executive of WinStar Farm, who co-owns Justify with the China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, and Starlight Racing.
The unflappable colt has already erased the "curse of Apollo," winning the 144th Kentucky Derby despite having never run as a 2-year-old, and secured the Preakness despite a thick fog and sloppy conditions.
Justify is scheduled to arrive at Belmont Park on Wednesday afternoon after traveling on a special transport plane from Louisville International Airport to Long Island's MacArthur Airport in the morning.
The 10-horse field was revealed at the draw for post positions. The last to win from there was Empire Maker in 2003 when he spoiled Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought when he completed the sweep in 2015. Preparing for the longest race of the Triple Crown after running two of the best races of a horse's career is no easy task, but if anyone is up to it, it's Baffert.