2018 Belmont Stakes Odds: Horses, Lineup and Contenders

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Justify finds himself in a familiar position heading into Saturday’s race at Belmont Park as the heavy favorite in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes.

Starting from the No. 1 post, Justify holds 4/5 odds to win the Belmont as he goes for the Triple Crown. The last Triple Crown winner was American Pharoah in 2015.

Belmont Stakes: What Time, Where To Watch and More

Justify’s biggest competition could come from Hofburg (8/2) from the No. 4 post or Bravazo (8/1), who came in a close second in the Preakness Stakes, from the No. 3 post.

Here are the rest of the odds for the Belmont contenders for Saturday’s race on NBC:

  1. Justify (4/5)
  2. Free Drop Billy (30/1)
  3. Bravazo (8/1)
  4. Hofburg (9/2)
  5. Restoring Hope (30/1)
  6. Gronkowski (12/1)
  7. Tenfold (12/1)
  8. Vino Rosso (8/1)
  9. Noble Indy (30/1)
  10. Blended Citizen (15/1)

What: 150th Belmont Stakes
When: June 9, 2018
Post time: 6:37 p.m ET
Where to watch: NBC, NBC Sports app

Santa Anita plans to reopen on Friday

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Anticipating approval by the California Horse Racing Board, Santa Anita plans to reopen for live racing on Friday for the first time since it was shut down following the deaths of 22 horses.

The track on Sunday issued a revised stakes schedule that includes the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap to be run April 6, the same day as the $1 million Santa Anita Derby.

The CHRB is to meet on Thursday to consider new safety and medication rules that Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields and the Thoroughbred Owners of California agreed to on March 16.

Racing has been suspended at the track since March 5 after 22 horses suffered fatal injuries since Dec. 26. Limited training is being allowed on the main dirt track while testing of the surface and new rules involving safety and medication have been worked out.

If the CHRB approves and racing resumes, Santa Anita will feature the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes on Friday.

The Santa Anita Handicap originally was to be run on March 9.

By My Standards a surprise winner of $1M Louisiana Derby

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NEW ORLEANS — By My Standards passed three horses down the stretch to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds Race course Saturday.

The winner went off at 22-1 in what is one of the major prep races for the Kentucky Derby, and galloped past Todd-Pletcher-trained Spinoff to win by nearly a length.

Trained by W. Bret Calhoun, By My Standards earned 100 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby, assuring qualification for the Triple Crown opener. Jockey Gabriel Saez steered By My Standards into fourth entering the final turn and finished the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:49.2. He paid $47, $16.60 and $9.40.

With John Velazquez aboard, Spinoff earned 40 points with a second place finish and paid $6.80 and $5.40.

Sueno finished third and paid $6.

War of Will was the morning line favorite at 6-5 and went off at 4-6. But after settling in the middle of the pack, the winner of the previous two Fair Grounds prep races faded and finished ninth in what was the colt’s first loss on a dirt track.