Triple Crown hopeful Justify is 4-5 favorite; Belmont field updated with odds, post positions

The Baltimore Sun

Justify, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, will face nine horses in the field for Saturday’s Belmont, and he now has a new challenge with the first post position.

The list of challengers for the Triple Crown was expected to include Seahenge and Bandua, but their connections decided against a run in the third jewel of the Triple Crown. Justify faced seven horses in the Preakness.

Here are the post positions and morning line odds for the 10-horse field for the 150th Belmont Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.:

>>No. 1 Justify (4-5 odds), trained by Bob Baffert and trying to take the same path as Baffert’s Triple Crown winner in 2015, American Pharoah.

>>No. 2 Free Drop Billy (30-1), 16th in the Derby, is trained by Dale Romans. He did not run in the Preakness.

>>No. 3 Bravazo (8-1), was a hard-charging runner-up in the Preakness, finishing a half-length behind Justify and a neck in front of Tenfold. He was sixth in the Derby. He’s trained by D. Wayne Lukas.

>>No. 4 Hofburg (9-2), who bypassed the Preakness after finishing seventh in the Derby, is trained by Bill Mott.

>>No. 5 Restoring Hope (30-1), also trained by Baffert, was one of the favorites in the Pat Day Mile on Derby day, but finished a disappointing 12th. He gets another chance in the Belmont.

>>No. 6 Gronkowski (12-1) was pulled before the Derby with a fever and hasn’t raced since March 30. Yes, he’s named for the New England Patriots’ tight end.

>>No. 7 Tenfold (12-1), the third-place finisher in the Preakness. He’s trained by Steve Asmussen.

>>No. 8 Vino Rosso (8-1), who finished ninth in the Derby, skipped the Preakness. He’s trained by Todd Pletcher, winner of three Belmonts, including last year’s with Tapwrit.

>>No. 9 Noble Indy (30-1), also trained by Pletcher, was 17th in the Derby. But Pletcher has had success bringing rested horses to the Belmont.

>>No. 10 Blended Citizen (15-1), trained by Doug O’Neill, was winner of the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont on May 12.

The Belmont is the longest of the three Triple Crown races at 1½ miles. The Derby is 1¼ miles and the Preakness 1 3/16 miles.

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