Belmont Week is here, and on Tuesday we'll find out which post Justify position will bolt from on Saturday as it seeks to become the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown. "I just feel that, I think most importantly, the horse is doing well".
Romans was seventh in the 2012 Belmont with Dullahan, who inherited the favorite's role when Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor I'll Have Another was scratched on the eve of the race with a career-ending injury.
If he wins the Triple Crown, Justify will become only the 13th horse to do so in history.
Justify will line up with nine horses to his right as part of a field that includes five horses he beat during a rain-soaked Kentucky Derby and two he beat at a wet and foggy Preakness Stakes. The rest of the field is 12-1 or longer.
The full slate of post positions and morning-line odds was revealed on Tuesday afternoon: No1 Justify (4-5), No2 Free Drop Billy (30-1), No3 Bravazo (8-1), No4 Hofburg (9-2), No5 Restoring Hope (30-1), No6 Gronkowski (12-1), No7 Tenfold (12-1), No8 Vino Rosso (8-1), No9 Noble Indy (30-1), No10 Blended Citizen (15-1).
Todd Pletcher is one other high-profile trainer with stakes in Saturday's race, and he brings the duo of Vino Rosso and Noble Indy to Belmont Park hoping one underdog (or both) will have a big race. The 3-year-old is running his third race in six weeks, and he'll have to win on a course that's a quarter mile longer than the Derby's track.
Now at the age of 82, Lukas most recently came close to pulling off a monumental upset when Calumet Farm's Bravazo (Awesome Again) finished a closing half-length behind undefeated "TDN Rising Star" Justify (Scat Daddy) in the GI Preakness S. May 19.
That's been the picture painted throughout the buildup to Saturday's showdown at Belmont Park, with another two-minute outing being all that separates Justify from cementing his place in horse racing folklore.
The only concern is Justify's post position on the rail. But the most recent Belmont victor who started on the rail was Empire Maker in 2003. Baffert, you may recall, trained American Pharoah when he ended the 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015.