The chestnut colt, trained by Bob Baffert and rode by Mike Smith, was installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in Tuesday's draw at Citi Field ahead of the New York Mets' game with the Baltimore Orioles.
"I just feel like most importantly the horse is doing well". We have it, can't change it, have to deal with it. "Everything has been really smooth since the Preakness".
Should Justify pull off the historic bid in the one-and-a-half-mile Belmont, the third and most hard of the Triple Crown legs staged at the venerable race course just outside NY city limits, the colt will set a record for number of rivals defeated with the storied feat on the line.
To do so, Justify will have to defeat nine horses.
Since the field far less crowded than the Kentucky Derby, post position is far less crucial - horses can't be forced all the way to the outside or lost in a pack of 20 horses if they get out to a slow start. One horse - Seahenge - considered a possibility for Saturday's race didn't enter, but the rest of the lineup was as expected.
Some will be familiar competition to Justify - he's already beaten the likes of Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Hofburg, and Tenfold at previous events this year.
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No. 4 Hofburg is also a top contender after finishing seventh in the Kentucky Derby while taking Preakness off.
Bravazo and Vino Rosso were pegged at 8-1 each in the morning line. Bravazo came back with a second-place finish in the Preakness.
The only other horse at shorter odds than 12-1 in the morning-line odds is Noble Indy.
Post 1 has produced 23 winners in the Belmont, more than any other gate.
The third of the Triple Crown's three legs is scheduled for a 6:46 p.m. ET post time. But none have won from the rail since Empire Maker in 2003. NBC Sports will televise the 1.5-mile race.
In the past 20 races, every post from 1 through 13 has produced at least one victor, except for Gate 10.