Coach Bob Baffert says he was going to pull the rail for the Belmont Stakes 2018.
Matt Stone, Louisville Courier Journal

Coach Bob Baffert answers questions after a final Justify workout before being sent to Belmont Stakes. June 4, 2018. (Photo: Pat McDonogh, The Courier Jou)

NEW YORK – It's fair to say that the number 1 position in the post is a problem with coach Bob Baffert, and he said he had One feeling on Tuesday that I had a bad draw in a great race.

After all, Justify got good positions in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

"Everyone jokes in my family," Baffert said. . "Like (the wife) Jill is always saying," They should just put you in a hole and then draw the rest of the race ", the one, I had the feeling, I was good for the one. I was very lucky. "

And so it was on Tuesday at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, during the $ 1.5 million Saturday draw, Grade I Belmont Stakes in Belmont Park.

Justify, in fact, will start from No. 1 on the field of 10. If Justify can overcome him and win, he will become the 13th Triple Crown winner in the history of thoroughbred racing.

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"I never like to pull the railing, but my horses seem to live in it, "said Baffert, who has Lookin in Lucky as one. For example, when he pulled the number 1 and finished sixth as the Kentucky Derby favorite in 2010." I think the most important thing is that the horse is fine …

"You can have a big hole, but if you do not get out of there you'll still be in trouble. We have it, we can not change it, so we'll take care of that. "

Justify was established as the favorite 4-5 on the Belmont morning line, Hofburg, coming out of seventh place in the Kentucky Derby, is the second option in 9-2, the time of Saturday's last jewel of the Triple Crown is set for 6:46 p.m.

While much is done of traversing the railing in a major race, especially in a field of 20 horses like the Kentucky Derby when an inside horse can The opposing coaches said on Tuesday that the No. 1 spot should not be an important factor for Justify.

"If it were not (Justify), it would probably be something like that as depressing, a small problem, "said D. Wayne Lukas, whose second in the Preakness, Bravazo, is the third option for Belmont with an 8-1 advantage." But he is so talented that I think he can dictate the race "That's what makes it very difficult to He can choose his place. … He is the key to how we all run. "

Added Dale Romans, coach of 30-1 long throws Free Drop Billy:" Going a mile, if you are concerned about the publication, you do not belong. "

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Justify has shown that he belongs since his first race at Santa Anita Park in February. 18, compiling a perfect 5-for-5 record.

Critics will note that his Beyer speed figures have decreased since they posted 107 in the Santa Anita Derby, reaching 103 in the Kentucky Derby and 97 in the Preakness. [19659008] But both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness were done on sloppy tracks.

"I think we can not expect Bob's horse to bounce or have a bad race," Lukas said. "I've been watching him all week and it looks very good … I think it would be a big mistake to feel that Justify is not in his game. I think he's really in his game. "

Todd Pletcher – coach of both, Vino Rosso (8-1 odds) and Noble Indy (30-1) – agreed.

" Bob may be a little nervous about drawing the 1 if it does not break very well, "said Pletcher." But so far the horse has been perfect, so it's hard to find weaknesses. "

For the other Baffert and Justify connections, now it's a game Waiting. "Baffert launched the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles-Mets game on Tuesday, and Justify is scheduled to send from Louisville to Belmont on Wednesday morning.

Baffert said he will try to enjoy the start of the Belmont but He admitted that he is nervous, despite having gone through this four times before and winning the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015.

Looking closer: Why your horse can and can not win 2018 Belmont Stakes [19659008] The No. 1 post It was not ideal, but it is not the main one among Baffert's concerns.

"I think rest is important," Baffert said. "I really did not want him in 10. I did not want him to go too far, he's inside, so he can sort out what's going on."

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Post time : 6:46 p. M. Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Wallet: $ 1.5 million. Grade: 1. Distance: 1 1/2 miles. TV: NBC.

Horse, trainer, rider, odds of the morning line

1. Justify, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 4-5

2. Free Drop Billy, Dale Romans, Robby Albarado, 30-1

3. Bravazo, D. Wayne Lukas, Luis Sáez, 8-1 ]

4. Hofburg, Bill Mott, Irad Ortiz Jr., 9-2

5. Restoring Hope, Bob Baffert, Florent Geroux, 30-1 [19659008] 6. Gronkowski, Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz, 12-1

7. Ten times, Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana Jr., 12-1

8. Vino Rosso, Todd Pletcher, John Velázquez, 8-1

9. Noble Indy, Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano, 30-1

10. Blended Citizen, Doug O & # 39; Neill, Kyle Frey, 15-1