sport news – Justify 4/5 favorite to win Belmont, complete triple crown
(Reuters) – Unbeaten Justify was a 4/5 odds-on favourite on Friday to win the Belmont Stakes in New York, however removed from a shoo-in to finish American horse racing’s triple crown on Saturday.
Bob Baffert-trained Justify arrived on the town on Wednesday forward of his try and grow to be the 13th horse to finish the triple crown, and the second in 4 years, after American Pharoah in 2015.
Showers are potential for the 1 half mile (2400m) race on the Belmont Park dust in Elmont, New York.
The Belmont Stakes, to be held for the 150th time, is the longest of the triple crown races.
Justify gained the Kentucky Derby by 2 half lengths and triumphed narrowly on the Preakness Stakes — each races run in sloppy circumstances.
“I believe he’s bought to run higher than he did within the Preakness however we all know stepping into he’s bought essentially the most expertise,” NBC horse racing analyst Randy Moss stated on Friday.
Justify had by no means raced till February.
Ought to he win, he might be solely the second undefeated horse to finish the triple crown, becoming a member of Seattle Slew (1977).
Ridden by two-times Belmont Stakes successful jockey Mike Smith, Justify has drawn the within barrier.
After carrying primarily white silks within the earlier two triple crown races, Smith on Saturday will don the colours — purple with yellow stars — of the China Horse Membership, half proprietor of the three-year-old colt.
Hofburg, a 9/2 shot ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., is rated by punters because the most probably to beat Justify. He has not run since a seventh putting on the Kentucky Derby 5 weeks in the past.
Bravazo and Vino Rosso, each 8/1, are additionally thought-about authentic threats.
Luis Saez-ridden Bravazo practically ran down a fading Justify within the last yards of the Preakness earlier than ending second, a half-length behind.
Vino Rosso, ridden by John Velazquez, had a foul begin on the Kentucky Derby however battled on to complete ninth after ranging from a large barrier.
Newest Belmont Stakes betting odds from Morning Line:
Vino Rosso 8/1
Blended Citizen 15/1
Noble Indy 30/1
Restoring Hope 30/1
Free Drop Billy 30/1
Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; Enhancing by Toby Davis