Justify Goes for Belmont Victory and Triple Crown Glory Sunday Coming
If you care to have a punt on the 2018 Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the American Triple Crown, betting markets are open.
The race is Sunday coming and jumps at a time that is not completely inconvenient for Australians who do not mind watching a race in the morning. It will be held at about 8:30 a.m. AEST, perfect for some brekkie and a Bloody Mary or two.
The race will have interest in the United States only because outside of racing circles, the general public will be looking to see if Justify can complete the Triple Crown.
He is listed at the $1.75 favourite on Ladbrokes, quite short as quotes for a three-year-old race go.
Justify won the Kentucky Derby in the rain and backed that two weeks later with another soggy run in the Preakness Stakes. He destroyed the field in the Derby, but he was pushed to the limit in the Preakness.
Each of the races subsequent to the Derby is about the same length.
The Kentucky Derby is about 2000 metres. The Preakness Stakes is 1900 metres. The Belmont Stakes is 2400 metres.
The weather for the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes looks unsettled, with coolish temperatures around 22C, with the possibility of a thunderstorm or two, but it does not appear that the race will be nearly as muddy as the first two legs were.
Justify has drawn the number one post position, which is not ideal, but trainer Bob Baffert has been around long enough to adapt to any barrier draw. Justify was in the seventh barrier for both previous Triple Crown races and it looks like a field of 10 will contest this year’s Belmont Stakes. The rail position has produced more Belmont Stakes winners (23) than any other.
Justify’s chief competition will come from Bravazo in the third slot. He is quoted at $4.50. The only other horse in single digits is Hofburg, who will jump from five with a price of $6.00.