Horse race lovers are looking at Justify, the Chesnut Thoroughbred, hoping for him to achieve a three-peat as he lines up, hooves at the ready, for the Belmont Stakes in June.
The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival begins June 7 and lasts for three days in Elmont, New York. Due to his success in winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, attention Justify is the one to watch. If he wins the 1 1/2 mile race on June 8, he will win the Triple Crown.
With is winning streak of 5-0 in his short career, Justify is ready for his chance at the Crown.
The Belmont Stakes has 18 stakes worth $9.4 million in purses through the three-day long festival. It is also highlighted by the 150th running of Grade 1 Belmont Stakes according to the New York Racing Association.
What you need to know about the Belmont Stakes before the event
The Stakes begin on Saturday, June 9. The horses run the first race at 11:35 a.m. ET. However, the big race should start around 6:37 p.m. ET. It’s important to have your television on and prepped for the sport as it is only expected to last for a few minutes.
For those interested, you can watch the third and final Race for the Triple Crown on NBC, NBC Sports Network or even fuboTV.
As of now, Justify seems to have the highest likelihood of winning. Bob Baffert, Justify’s trainer, says the manner in which he won the Preakness despite the terrible conditions of dense fog and mud, showed another side of the horse. Baffert says his courageousness shone through in that race.
Baltimore’s weather was similar to the muddy, rainy conditions Justify saw in the Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby.
Baffert gloated about Justify saying while he runs well in the mud, he’s a sight to see when running on a dry track.
Back in 2015, Baffert won a Triple Crown with American Pharoah. He says another Triple Crown win would be an asset for the sport of horse racing and could bring in a new audience. However, this is no easy feat.
The Belmont Stakes, at 1 1/2 miles, is the longest leg of the Triple Crown. The distance challenge also comes against a field of fresh and more rested horses. These obstacles are what stand in the way of Justify making a bid for history.
If Justify does win the Belmont, he will become the thirteenth recipient of the Triple Crown. The last winner of the Triple Crown was in 2015 with American Pharoah.
Justify favored at Belmont
According to the Horse Racing Nation, the odds are as follows:
Vino Rosso: 10-1
Noble Indy: 20-1
Blended Citizen: 20-1
Restoring Hope: 30-1
Free Drop Billy: 30-1