Belmont Stakes: Justify draws No

Belmont Stakes: Justify draws No

Belmont Stakes: Justify draws No

The chestnut son of Scat Daddy needs a victory in the 1-1/2 mile race to become the 13th Triple Crown victor and first since American Pharoah in 2015 to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

"I just feel like most importantly the horse is doing well".

Justify, who previously won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, is one win away from becoming the second Triple Crown victor in the last four decades. Preakness runner-up Bravazo and Vino Rosso are next at 8-1, followed by Gronkowski and Tenfold at 12-1, Blended Citizen at 15-1 and 30-1 shots Noble Indy, Free Drop Billy and Restoring Hope.

Justify and Bravazo, trained by Lukas, are the only two horses that will have run in all three Triple Crown races.

Justify will line up with nine horses to his right as part of a field that includes five horses he beat during a rain-soaked Kentucky Derby and two he beat at a wet and foggy Preakness Stakes.

To do so, he'll have to best yet another talented field of horses, including some running on fresh legs that could spoil the party many racing fans are planning for the big day.

Because of the Belmont's smaller field and longer distance - 1 1/2 miles as opposed to 1 1/4 for the Derby and 1 3/16 for the Preakness - post positioning isn't necessarily an indicator of how a horse might fare.

Bravazo also has a favourable draw at No. 3 and will be hopeful of posing a challenge on the top spot.

Should Justify pull off the historic bid in the one-and-a-half-mile Belmont, the third and most hard of the Triple Crown legs staged at the venerable race course just outside NY city limits, the colt will set a record for number of rivals defeated with the storied feat on the line.

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.

Since 1905, a leading 23 horses have won from the No. 1 post.

Keen Ice was 17-1 in 2015 when he finished third behind American Pharoah, whose victory ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought.

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