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Justify draws the dreaded rail as he seeks Triple Crown in Belmont Stakes

Justify draws the dreaded rail as he seeks Triple Crown in Belmont Stakes

The historically daunting task of winning a Triple Crown grew a little more difficult for Justify on Tuesday when he drew the far inside No. 1 post for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

Given the 1 ½-mile length of the race, Justify might have time to recover from a slow start. But no horse has won the Belmont starting from the rail since Empire Maker in 2003.

“I never do like to draw the rail,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “I think the most important thing is the horse is doing well. … We have it, we can’t change it, so we’ll deal with it.”

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion is a 4-5 favorite in the morning line despite his bad luck during the post-position draw,...

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