Justify vs. horse racing immortality: Who comes out on top? The thoroughbred will seek to become just the 13th horse to win the American Triple Crown on Saturday when he bolts out of Post 1 at the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. And you’re not going to want to miss it. 

Here’s everything you need to know to watch Saturday afternoon’s race, as well as the horse lineup and odds, and live blog with up-to-the-minute updates from Belmont Park. 

Justify took The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown with a Preakness win on May 19 Pimlico Race Course, which means that the 3-year-old that already broke the Apollo Curse at the Kentucky Derby has the opportunity to become only the 13th horse to win the most coveted achievement in American horse racing. The Belmont Stakes is the only race that stands between Justify and the Triple Crown, but things aren’t going to get any easier at the longest race of the three.

Thirty-five horses — excluding Justify — have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Of those 35, only 12 have won The Run for the Carnations to complete the feat. American Pharoah was the most recent, winning it all in 2015. The most recent horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and lose at Belmont Park was California Chrome in 2014. In fact, between American Pharoah’s 2015 victory and Affirmed’s Triple Crown in 1978, 13 horses took the first two races before losing the Belmont Stakes.

In spite of the difficulty, Justify has the aura of a winner. Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith couldn’t be more confident in Justify as he tries to win one more race against a field of nine horses.

What to know about the Belmont Stakes

  • Date: Saturday, June 9
  • Time: 6:37 p.m. ET (subject to change)
  • Location: Belmont Park — Elmont, New York
  • Track length: 1.5 miles
  • Purse: $1.5 million
  • TV: NBC
  • Stream: FuboTV (try for free)

Post positions/odds

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

You can read up more on the post positions and what they mean here.

Also, if you’re looking to make some smart bets with just $100, check out this story

Live updates

You can follow along with all of the action at the 2018 Belmont Stakes with live updates starting Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. If the stream isn’t working for you, click here.


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