Belmont Stakes 2018: Horses list

Virginia Santiago
June 14, 2018

With a little less than 30 minutes to go until the Belmont Stakes, two trucks are watering the dirt strip at Belmont Park.

This year marked the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, making it the longest-running of the three Triple Crown races (the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby were first run in 1873 and 1875, respectively; the Belmont Stakes was canceled in 1911 and 1912).

Since Affirmed's win, many horses teased us by winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown - the Kentucky Derby and Preakness - but came up short each time in the Belmont Stakes.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran poses with the Triple Crown Trophy, awarded to Justify. "It's one of the most hard things to do in sports".

The Belmont Stakes is known for a lot of things, from being the crowning glory of a grueling five-week race series to a crushing spoiler for runners and their connections attempting to earn racing immortality with a Triple Crown.

Justify has won all six races he has run this year - Seattle Slew was the only other undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown in 1977.

Elmont N.Y. Justify will attempt to become the 13th Triple Crown winner when he races in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Satu
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Trainer Bob Baffert watches Triple Crown hopeful Justify workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y. Justify will attempt to become the 13th Triple Crown victor when he races in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday.

The prime minister took time off his official and homely duties last weekend to fly to NY to witness the race in Long Island and was present every step of the way, as shown in numerous photos making the social media circuit.

"I couldn't be happier with the way he looks", Baffert said.

Justify's hall-of-fame trainer Bob Baffert said the win was meant to be.

After waiting almost four decades for a Triple Crown victor, lightning has apparently struck twice in a four-year span. Zito knows that first hand.

With Justify getting favorites odds, expect smallest underdog Hofburg to be a popular bet. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on sloppy tracks after heavy rain fell.

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It's been baked dry by sunny skies and 80-degree weather.

The additional length at Belmont often tires out these horses, Zito said.

For much of the day Saturday, it felt as if the attention of the crowd at Belmont Park was anywhere but the racetrack.

Just 12 horses have swept the Triple Crown, one of the rarest feats in sports.

On top of all of these conditions, for horses to even have a shot at the Triple Crown, they must have an excellent pedigree, Zito said. He is stepping up in distance and seems more about speed than stamina, but his overwhelming class may be too much for his opponents.

Justify has won the Triple Crown.

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"Did you see him in the gate, he's standing so still", Smith said.

The race is over and history has been made.

But Zito was always hoping the stars would align correctly for Justify.

He went on to write that the famous horse's historic Triple Crown victory "is a great boost for our own DSH racetrack, as the global press and the horse racing world will be watching Teo ah-King and this project".

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