History may very well be made this weekend, with the running of the 150th Belmont Stakes. The Belmont Stakes is the third leg, two-minute race, of the highly sought-after Triple Crown.
Justify is setting himself to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since American Pharaoh in 2015. He has already made his own history by being the first horse since 2015 to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness stakes. The three-year-old chestnut now has his eyes on the coveted prize of the Triple Crown.
Justify, the horse that has won the other two legs of this series, is set to come out of the first post against nine other contenders for the race. Some of his opponents he has been up against before, but there are a few new ones added into the mix this time around. Regardless of that, Justify looks every bit the champion, and is tracking as possibly carrying off the win. There are those odds makers that are placing Hofburg and Vin0 Rosso as the possible winners, but for the most part Justify does seem to be the current favored to win.
The field for this race is much less crowded than the previously ran Kentucky Derby. With less contenders starting out of the gates, there is less chance of one or more runners getting pushed to the unfavorable inside track and getting lost in the crowd of runners. Even though this will work to Justify’s advantage, he will be running against a couple of contenders that are starting on fresh legs. This will give them a slight edge over Justify.
Pole positions were drawn on Tuesday, and the odds were set shortly afterwards. With his post position announced, Justify was the odds favorite of 4/5.
The 150th running of the Belmont Stakes will be on Saturday, June 9th with a post time of 6:46pm EST. NBC will be covering the race starting at 4:00pm EST.