Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Justify arrives at Belmont, but will rain follow soon?

Justify arrives at Belmont, but will rain follow soon?

Hofburg, the early 9-2 second choice, galloped Wednesday and visited the paddock where he will be saddled on race day. If the colt can win the Belmont, he'll become the 13th Triple Crown victor in USA thoroughbred racing's history. Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown, and American Pharoah (2015) is the only one to do it since 1978.

Mott is the first to admit beating the undefeated and heavily favored Justify won't be easy.

With the legendary D. Wayne Lukas riding shotgun aboard his stable pony, GI Preakness S. runner-up Bravazo (Awesome Again) wasn't far behind the Pletcher duo entering the track about a minute or two later.

"Our horse has been getting some attention".

Tenfold, trained by Steve Asmussen, raced as a 2-year-old, broke his maiden at Oaklawn in February and followed that up five weeks later by winning an allowance race.

"I often think of him", Smith said.

When Gallant Fox won the Triple Crown in 1930, the Preakness was run before the Derby, but the distances were what they are now. There has not been a year when all three Triple Crown races were run as regattas, but this could be the first. A second in the Florida Derby this year was his best career start. Keen Ice would go on to become the only horse to beat American Pharoah during his 3-year-old season in the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course.

Blended Citizen (Proud Citizen), victor of the Belmont's traditional prep GIII Peter Pan S., stood by the rail by the clubhouse gap and took in the somewhat surprising serene scene at 6:15 a.m.

Hawaii lava flow fills Kapoho Bay
Homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are on smaller lots and are closer together than in other parts of the Puna district. Numerous homes in the upscale gated community of Kapoho Beach Lots were valued at several million dollars each.

Baffert has another horse in the race: Restoring Hope, the third-place finisher in the Wood Memorial. "That's one of the main ingredients right there".

Little Rocket led off Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft.

Hofburg is the most likely to ruin the Triple Crown coronation party on Saturday. The colt's dam was Soothing Touch, a daughter of Touch Gold.

The Triple Crown champions stand as giants in thoroughbred-racing history. By the way, Baffert also trained Silver Charm. He is an even-paced runner who rarely loses touch with the front of the field which gives him an advantage in a long distance race like the Belmont where front-runners are nearly certain to tire. Justify jockeyed for position with Good Magic for much of the race before Good Magic fell off the pace, after which Bravazo and Tenfold gave Justify a scare.

On Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, parking gates open at 10:45 a.m. and admission gates and concessions open at 11 a.m. "I enjoy the people I come to work with".

Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the world. "I really enjoy seeing young horses develop and working with the horses and different issues they might have, quirks or physical problems". All the horses in the barn were screaming and yelling. The Mara family has always had an interest in the sport going back to the 1930s when Chris' grandfather Tim, the original owner of the Giants, was a legal in-track bookmaker at Belmont.

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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