Justify to make run for Triple Crown from Belmont rail

Kids who attend Anna House at Belmont Park

Kids who attend Anna House at Belmont Park

The draw for the 150th Run for the Carnations will be held at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. "My horses seem to live in it". We have it; we can't change it.

"I just feel like 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.

Nine horses are set to line up against Justify, including five he beat in the Derby and two he beat in the Preakness. Vino Rosso and Preakness runner-up Bravazo both were installed at 8-1. Justify's broodmare sire, Ghostzapper, took graded stakes sprints like the seven-furlong Tom Fool Handicap and the 6 1/2 furlong Vosburgh Stakes in addition to the Breeders' Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles. "Once you become part of the Wheels Up family, the magic happens-everyone saw that three years ago when Wheels Up sponsored American Pharoah and he won the Triple Crown at Belmont".

The unflappable colt has already erased the "curse of Apollo," winning the 144th Kentucky Derby despite having never run as a 2-year-old, and secured the Preakness despite a thick fog and sloppy conditions. "We can not think of a better brand than Wheels Up to partner with a horse like Justify". Bravazo and Blended Citizen stand among those challengers. In 2015, Baffert trained American Pharoah to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

Just when it looked as though Justify didn't require any help in his hunt for the Triple Crown, trainer Bob Baffert received it on Tuesday as his star was drawn at the rail ahead of Saturday's big crescendo.

For the fourth time in his career, trainer Dale Romans brings a horse to Belmont Park with designs on spoiling a Triple Crown bid.

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. But the most recent Belmont victor who started on the rail was Empire Maker in 2003.

"Let's see if he can do it", said Baffert, who will also send out longshot Restoring Hope in Saturday's main event.

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