The only thing that stands in his way is the longest race of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, held on June 9 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
The 1 1/2-mile long race is dubbed “The Test of the Champion” because while 24 horses have won both the Derby and the Preakness, only 12 have gone on to win the Triple Crown — the last being American Pharoah in 2015.
American Pharoah was trained by Bob Baffert, who is also saddling Justify, and his team couldn’t be happier to potentially witness history.
“You have to get Bob a lot of credit,” Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes told reporters recently, via
Americasbestracing.net. “He’s stocked the pond well every year.
“You have to have the horse and the horsepower to compete in these classic races. We keep coming up with them and are very lucky. You do have to pinch yourself, because you don’t know if you will have it every year.”
While all eyes will be on Justify June 9, one horse that could spoil history is 5/1 favorite Bravazo, who closed on Justify at the Preakness, eventually finishing second. If the Preakness was a longer race like the Belmont, Bravazo could have won.
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2018 Belmont Stakes Odds
Noble Indy 12/1
Vino Rosso 15/1
Lone Sailor 22/1
Blended Citizen 25/1
Free Drop Billy 25/1
Restoring Hope 30/1
Just Whistle 60/1
Odds via Sportsbook.ag.
Triple Crown Winners
Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015).
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