Belmont Stakes presents Justify with daunting challenges, and potential glory

Belmont Stakes live stream: How to watch Justify go for the Triple Crown without a TV

The powerful colt with the blaze running the length of his face showed no signs that the rigors of running a compressed schedule had gotten to him.

The hitherto undefeated horse became "the first since 1882 to win a Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old", according to a New York Times article entitled Simply Perfect. Nearing the far turn, the Chad Brown trainee had caught the rest of the field, and perhaps as a gift to make up for his poor start, the Horse Racing Gods blessed Gronkowski with an opening along the rail.

"In a Facebook post, dated July 9th, Chastanet wrote: "'Justify' has made history tonight by being the thirteenth horse to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in Long Island, New York". Network coverage on NBC Sports begins at 4:00 p.m. ET with undercard races and commentary on NBC Sports Network starting at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The crowd of roughly 90,000 fans and bettors around the world clearly expect Justify to win the Triple Crown. Then came the final furlong of the fastest Belmont since the advent of modern timing.

"To me, Abel Tasman and Hopportunity, when they set the stage early, I thought this is going to be good", Baffert said. He said, 'He's standing good.

Besides the grueling distance, the track itself can be tricky. But of all the things the Belmont Stakes is known for it's probably the sheer amount of wonderful horses who've won the 1 ½-mile race since it was first contested in 1867.

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Justify had no problem with the distance in the Kentucky Derby, but the Belmont is a quarter-mile longer, and he will (or should) be more exhausted.

Historically, deep closers have not fared well in the Belmont, so riders will seek to put their horses within a few lengths at the quarter pole.

Smith, who won his third Belmont to go with those in 2010 (Drosselmeyer) and 2013 (Palace Malice), sent Justify straight to the lead from post 1, which since 1905 has produced 24 winners of the Belmont, the most of any post position. "Now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is". Justify, who won the first two legs, won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, 2018, to complete horse racing's Triple Crown.

Baffert joined Fitzsimmons as the only trainers to oversee two Triple Crown winners.

Though Gronkowski didn't come out victorious, Gronk said it was cool feel even closer to the race as a part-owner. And though he had high praise for Justify, he let it be known that American Pharaoh will always be his first love. Baffert said after the Belmont that he wants Justify, who's won all six of the races he's entered, to race through this year. The forecast calls for 80 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain.

The chestnut colt became the second undefeated horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on February 18. Following the 2003 Belmont Stakes, there is no way I could have fathomed my transformation from a horse-crazy girl watching the Kentucky Derby on television to a horse-crazy woman working for The Jockey Club and hanging out with a Triple Crown victor.

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