ELMONT, NY (WAVE) - Number 13 is just hours away. There are currently a dozen members of racing's elite Triple Crown club and it seems that this exclusive club is about to expand to 13.
Justify towers over his challengers in the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ appears to have plenty of energy to pull off the Triple. His workout last week at Churchill Downs indicates that his tank is still full. While Justify will face some decent runners in the third jewel, none of them seem good enough to deny the colt the Crown. Also, Good Magic and Audible, arguably the next best 3 -year-olds of the crop, are both passing on the final jewel.
Hofburg, the Belmont morning line second choice, is likely the most serious spoiler. But he was no match for Justify in the Kentucky Derby. Plus, Hofburg is a closer and the Belmont hasn't exactly been kind to that type running style.
Preakness runner-up Bravazo is on a bit of an uptick after losing by just a half-length to Justify in Baltimore. But Bravazo's speed figures don't really compare to the Belmont favorite.