Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Belmont Stakes 2018: Betting odds, picks, favorites

Belmont Stakes 2018: Betting odds, picks, favorites

Justify had a number of visitors to the barn Sunday, including Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who piloted the colt to victory Saturday, members of the China Horse Club and owner Ahmed Zayat, whose Zayat Stables campaigned American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) to become the 12th Triple Crown victor in 2015. That's his job, to protect the other horse, and it worked for them. The first one to do it was Seattle Slew in 1977.

Bob Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. "Any Triple Crown victor is great for the sport". He isn't listed quite at even odds, but that could change by post time and it's hard to see him dropping much further than he is now.

With Justify's victory in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, Baffert now has a record 15 victories in Triple Crown races (five in the Kentucky, seven in the Preakness and three in the Belmont).

Without any complaints from trainers or jockeys, the Belmont Stakes controversy appears to be blowing over.

Geroux offered a similar explanation to the Daily Racing Form, saying the plan was always to move Restoring Hope to a forward position.

In regards to when and where the colt will perform next, only time-and an expertly crafted plan from the now two-time Triple Crown trainer Bob Baffert-will tell. I tell you, it's just unbelievable.

"No, Restoring Hope, he has natural speed, and his only chance was to be up near the lead in the first wave because he's like a one-dimensional horse", he said. Affirmed not only raced, but also won Horse of the Year honors, at age 4.

Completing the order of finish after Vino Rosso were Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.

"My first thought is that the Travers would be a good race for this horse if he were to break better and get a better pace to run at", said Brown.

Which is why there should be no surprise that the opening quarter-mile of the 150th Belmont Stakes last Saturday has become grist for post-race agita.

According to NY state gaming commission regulations: 'If any horses trained by the same trainer race uncoupled in any race, and one or more of them shall be disqualified for violation of the rules of racing, any other horses entered by that same trainer shall also be disqualified if in the judgment of the stewards such violation prevented any other horse or horses from finishing ahead of the other part of the entry.

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