Favored Justify draws the rail for Belmont


Justify with trainer Bob Baffert

If he wins the Triple Crown, Justify will become only the 13th horse to do so in history.

Since the field far less crowded than the Kentucky Derby, post position is far less crucial - horses can't be forced all the way to the outside or lost in a pack of 20 horses if they get out to a slow start.

After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the son of Scat Daddy will arrive in NY tomorrow and ship to Belmont Park.

Hofburg was made the 9-2 second choice.

Bravazo and Vino Rosso were pegged at 8-1 each in the morning line. Vino Rosso finished ninth in the Derby and didn't run in the Preakness. Lukas often observes that both accomplishments are gratifying, but is quick to acknowledge that the hunt for the Triple Crown keeps him motivated year in and year out.

The deals for American Pharoah and this one for justify were brokered by New York-based sponsorship firm Leverage Agency.

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In the 2010 Kentucky Derby, Baffert had the favorite with Lookin At Lucky, who broke from the No. 1 hole.

"It's all you can hope for", Baffert said.

Shurmur, who was hired in January, also recently threw out a first pitch at Citi Field before a Mets game as he comes into focus in the NY spotlight. Bravazo came back with a second-place finish in the Preakness.

The only other horse at shorter odds than 12-1 in the morning-line odds is Noble Indy. He got sick and missed the Derby and has been waiting to make his USA debut in the grueling Belmont.

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.

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