June 18, 2018

How to watch Justify go for the Triple Crown without a TV

10 June 2018, 05:45 | Joan Schultz

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Tenfold a three-year-old thoroughbred is looking to beat Justify at the Belmont Stakes Saturday running in support of Homes For Our Troops a nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans

Bravazo will go to the Belmont where Justify will have plenty of familiar challenges - and a fresh ones - standing in the way of becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown.

It will be the first time Justify runs on a dry track in the Triple Crown series. Owners, fans and even rival trainers stopped by to sneak a peek at the undefeated victor of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown victor and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith rode the thoroughbred to victory, defeating nine other competitors as they crossed the finish line in the 1 1/2-mile race.

The Bill Mott-trained Hofburg finished 1 3/4 lengths behind Gronkowski, holding third by a neck over Vino Rosso.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. The latest that any of the first 12 thoroughbred immortals got started was September 20, the date of Seattle Slew's first race in 1976.

Smith climbed aboard for the next race on March 18 at a muddy Santa Anita.

Justify had never raced until February.

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Smith, with two previous Belmont Stakes victories to his credit, had him out front the entire time, keeping his silks clear as the rest of the field got caked in dirt.

The 2018 Belmont Stakes took place Saturday, and history was made.

Justify is taking on nine rivals, the largest number that a potential Triple Crown victor has ever faced. Sloppy or fast track, Justify has proven he can win.

Seattle Slew's Triple Crown - four years after that of Secretariat, was swiftly followed by Affirmed's in 1978. Baffert declared that he had a plan that would allow the promising 3-year-old to overcome what seemed to be a hopelessly late start and still qualify for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby.

After NBC analyst Randy Moss watched Justify win that maiden race by 9 ½ lengths - despite a trip that had Baffert fuming at jockey Drayden Van Dyke - he called his colleague, Jerry Bailey, and said he had a new Derby favorite.

If Justify succeeds in sweeping the Triple Crown just three years after American Pharoah, it wouldn't be the first time it has happened close together.

I'm not sure if I'll be betting on Justify to win yet, but I know I'll be rooting for him.

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