2018 Triple Crown: When is the Belmont Stakes?

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When will Justify run for the Triple Crown?

The three-year-old colt checked off the first two boxes of the Triple Crown, winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in sloppy conditions.

Now, Justify, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith are looking to keep his undefeated run going at the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9 (NBC, NBC Sports app). Post time is 6:46 pm. ET.

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The Belmont Stakes is considered the hardest race of the Triple Crown because it’s the longest of the three (1.5-mile longs). Justify won the Derby with relative ease, but the story was different at the Preakness.

The Triple Crown contender found himself in a battle nearly the entire race with Good Magic before the No. 5 horse faded in the end. Bravazo finished second followed by Tenfold.

It’s Baffert’s seventh Preakness win and Smith’s second.

“It was a nail-biter,” Baffert said after the win. “You know, they put it to us. That was a good horse. … I’m so happy that we got it done. He’s just such a great horse to handle all that pressure.”

Smith, whose last Preakness win was 25 years ago, believes Justify’s tight finish with Bravazo and Tenfold was due to fatigue and waiting on competition.

“He got a little tired,” Smith said. “This is his hardest race he’s had. But he was also waiting on competition. It’s awful loud out there. Track’s pretty narrow. He was kind of looking and jumping at tracks and doing a few things. But it was a good kind of tired. It’s the kind of tired that I’m hoping anyway, and it felt like he’ll move forward.”

In horse racing history, 23 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes but have failed to win the Belmont Stakes.

American Pharoah was the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown in 2015.

What: 150th Belmont Stakes
When: June 9, 2018
Post time: 6:46 p.m. ET
Where to watch: NBC, NBC Sports app

Saratoga, without Justify, ready to go for 150th meet

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Triple Crown winner Justify won’t be running during the 150th meet at Saratoga Race Course, but many of the best thoroughbreds will be at the historic track for the 40-day season.

The meet features 69 stakes races worth $18.8 million in purses and opens Friday. Among those running this season will be Good Magic, Hofburg, Gronkowski, Vino Rosso, and Bravazo.

Todd Pletcher is eyeing his 13th training title in 16 years. He won last year with 40 winners, one more than Chad Brown.

Justify has returned to Del Mar in California after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago. Trainer Bob Baffert says Justify probably will walk around the stable area the next two weeks.

The colt likely will return in the fall, the ultimate goal being the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

Triple Crown winner Justify under observation at Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner Justify has re-located to Del Mar where trainer Bob Baffert is keeping him under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago.

Baffert says Justify will probably just walk around the stable area for the next two weeks at the track north of San Diego. The probable scenario for the colt is a return to racing sometime in the fall with the ultimate goal being the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

“Right now, we’re just looking to get him 100 percent,” Baffert said Monday. “We’re in a holding pattern. I’d love to run him again because he’s so much fun and exciting to watch. We should know more in a couple of weeks.”

Justify has won all six starts in his brief career that began this year. He has won four straight Grade 1 races, including a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown champion.

The colt hasn’t had a workout since the Belmont Stakes on June 9.