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Belmont Stakes Triple Crown!!!

Watch the action starting at 4, Post time for the Belmont Stakes 6:37.

Per Washington Post:

Length: The “Test of Champions” is the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1 1/2 miles.

Odds: Justify, at 4-5, was the overwhelming morning-line favorite in the 10-horse field followed by Hofburg (9-2), Bravazo (8-1) and Vino Rosso (8-1).

A look at the Belmont field and opening odds

Weather: The forecast is favorable for the third leg of the Triple Crown after historically sloppy conditions for both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The National Weather Service forecast for the area around Elmont, N.Y., called for partly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s. AccuWeather warned of the chance of a thunderstorm, but indicated rain could miss to the southwest.

The favorite: 

Justify is a massive specimen, standing 16.3 hands (taller than the famously big 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat) and weighing 1,380 pounds, more than 250 above the average thoroughbred. He has an attitude to match, more pushy than regal. And he’s backed it up, standing on the verge of the Triple Crown having shown little sign of strain from a heavy workload — the Belmont will be his sixth race since Feb. 18.

The impressive 3-year-old campaign after not racing at all as a 2-year-old raises the question of whether there is a lesson to be learned from Justify’s atypical start to competition. Will his success herald a trend of more 2-year-olds forgoing races? Or is he an outlier?

Justify’s path to cusp of Triple Crown is unusual. But so is training a 1,380-pound athlete.

Trainer Bob Baffert is open in his admiration for Justify. But the Hall of Famer would also enter the record books with a victory on Saturday: He would become only the second person to train two Triple Crown winners, joining James Fitzsimmons (with Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935); it would also be his 15th victory in a Triple Crown race, moving him past D. Wayne Lukas for most all-time.