Justify gets Belmont Stakes sponsor in Wheels Up

08 June, 2018, 13:12 | Author: Elena Meyer
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The Bob Baffert-trained horse has won the first two legs of the USA thoroughbred racing's famous hat trick - the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes - running from post No. 7.

Justify won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on sloppy tracks and Baffert would prefer a better surface at Belmont.

This will be the second time Wheels Up has signed on to sponsor a Triple Crown contender.

The Data Matrix Switchboard (DMX) provides a customized solution for each Triple Crown race, absorbing, collating, and synchronizing live data feeds into SMT's proprietary horse racing database.

While American Pharoah charged to glory from post No. 5, past Triple Crown winners from No. 1 include Citation (1948), Assault (1946), Gallant Fox (1930) and Sir Barton (1919).

Justify is the heavy favorite to win the race and to complete the Triple Crown.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champion Justify, gets a bath at Churchill Downs. He's hitting a team-leading.346 with 21 home runs, second-most in school history, and 68 RBIs as one of college baseball's top sluggers. Is Justify that good?

The Belmont will pit Pletcher against Jack Wolf, his Starlight Racing boss who's part of Justify's large ownership group.

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Hofburg is the most likely to ruin the Triple Crown coronation party on Saturday. He had to win the Arkansas Derby to have the points to qualify for Kentucky, but since he didn't he was fresh for the Preakness.

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.

Trainer Bob Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race.

Free Drop Billy is a longshot with a legit chance for an in-the-money finish. If Justify, who broke the "Curse of Apollo" at the Kentucky Derby, can ward off another upset, he could race his way into the history books.

To win the Belmont, a grueling 1 1/2-mile route around two turns, requires a certain blend of speed and stamina, both of which can be found in Justify's pedigree.

The post time for the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes is 6.46pm ET. Vino Rosso (8/1) 9. Both colts won their prep races prior to the Derby but neither threatened the victor. But now the Belmont ... they want to take you down. Of the two, Vino Rosso is a better bet. His extraordinary performances in the Derby and Preakness are anomalies in an otherwise inconsistent ten race career.

Mott said horses can be trained to run longer distances, but you would rather have one bred to do it rather than transforming a miler into a distance runner. His name was Justify, of course, and I even used him in my story lede many months ago despite the fact that he'd never run against a proven opponent. I have nothing bad to say about him, but so many races for such a young colt definitely presents a problem. The first Belmont Stakes to be broadcast was in 1948, when CBS viewers watched Citation win the Triple Crown. Pletcher has won this race three times since 2007. "That is the thing that makes him very tough to beat". He has won four of six career races in lower level stakes overseas.

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