Justify arrives for Belmont Stakes, walks shed row

Justify arrives for Belmont Stakes, walks shed row

As part of the sponsorship, Wheels Up will be the only brand to appear on Justify and his jockey, Mike Smith, covering the horse's blanket and Smith's pant legs, turtleneck, and boots, during his run at the Belmont Stakes (G1) Saturday.

"Wayne Lukas told me a long time ago when I was just getting started. he said he's made millions of dollars running horses where people told him he didn't belong, and if your horse is doing good don't be afraid to give them a chance", Romans said.

Though his stablemate Audible, who was widely considered the top candidate to spoil a Triple Crown, has been withdrawn the race, Justify will still have to contend with Bravazo, the runner-up at Preakness and the current Sham to Justify's Secretariat.

That's been the picture painted throughout the buildup to Saturday's showdown at Belmont Park, with another two-minute outing being all that separates Justify from cementing his place in horse racing folklore.

But no horse has a better track record at defying the odds than the favorite, Justify.

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A total of 23 horses have won the Belmont from the No1 post since records were kept in 1905, making it the winningest post position. Both sat out the Preakness after finishing far back in the Derby.

Baffert, who was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night's game, can become only the second trainer to saddle more than one Triple Crown victor after "Sunny" Jim Fitzsimmons, who trained Gallant Fox and Omaha.

There will be a lot at stake when Justify enters the gate in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park this Saturday. But none have won from the rail since Empire Maker in 2003.

Keen Ice was 17-1 in 2015 when he finished third behind American Pharoah, whose victory ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought. He overcame the "Curse of Apollo" to win the Kentucky Derby in dominant fashion and take home the roses. Notably, Hofburg's team chose to skip the Preakness Stakes to run extra length off the Belmont on fresh legs - just as Empire Maker did in his 2003 upset.

In the past 20 races, every post from 1 through 13 has produced at least one victor, except for Gate 10.

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