Yes, it could rain Saturday in NY. The lightly raced 3-year-old colt, ridden by Irad Ortiz, has one win in four lifetime starts.
Justify will run his sixth race in 101 days, and he didn't run at all as a 2-year-old. Whether the chestnut colt is the best on Saturday remains to be seen.
Plus, as they say, pace makes the race.
To become one of horse racing's top trainers requires instincts, strategy acquired over time and tons of patience. Geroux has never ridden a Belmont victor. The gelding was running 10th of 13 horses on the backstretch when his left front leg snapped, tossing Smith onto the wet dirt. Prairie Bayou was euthanized. When I worked him after the Preakness, American Pharoah, when he would breathe, he was like he was a machine. I was like, 'Well, maybe all this racing's catching up to him.
Smith began riding in NY in 1989. The first Belmont Stakes to be broadcast was in 1948, when CBS viewers watched Citation win the Triple Crown.
While each of the three races date back to the second half of the nineteenth century, the concept of the Triple Crown wasn't conceived until several decades later.
He's the all-time leader in Breeders' Cup wins among jockeys with 26. His mounts have earned more than $300 million in his career. How does it compare to other purses from the past year? In the 1990s, he made a name riding Lure and Holy Bull.More news: Guatemala volcano erupts, killing at least 7 and blanketing villages in ash
His sire, Scat Daddy, a Grade 1-winning juvenile, was known for having a late kick, often winning races from behind.
Two main challengers, Hofburg (No. 4, 9-2 odds as of the Tuesday morning line) and Vino Rosso (No. 8, 8-1) will be fresh, both skipping the Preakness. "Once you become part of the Wheels Up family, the magic happens-everyone saw that three years ago when Wheels Up sponsored American Pharoah and he won the Triple Crown at Belmont".
"A lot of these riders, they get nervous".
"I said, the worst thing about flying on a plane with Bob Baffert is he's Ritchie Valens, I'm the Big Bopper", Romans said. And as we all know, it had been an epic drought for all of us somehow interested or involved in racing until 2015.
But no horse has a better track record at defying the odds than the favorite, Justify.
"At the time I had only been in business for a year and had some nice horses", Wolf said. "I've been blessed to have done really well". "When he got off the van, he was just dragging me around there". And at the Preakness, he backed Justify despite a heel injury and off-track.
In 2011 while riding at Del Mar for the summer, Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Just as he did in Baltimore, Barnes passed the baton to Baffert, who walked the big horse under the shedrow as the slew of media in attendance continued to snap away. "When the horses come to him, he sort of takes off again".
"He was, like, 'Let's get it on, '" said the trainer. The couple plans to Wednesday in January. Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons trained Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox and Omaha in 1930 and 1935. But the personal satisfaction would be undeniable.