Less than four months ago, Justify was just another name on the workout tab. He’d never been in a race, and no one knew much about him except Bob Baffert and his staff. Now the massive chestnut colt is world famous, and late Saturday afternoon he’ll go for the ultimate achievement in thoroughbred racing. A crowd of 90,000 will fill immense Belmont Park, and tens of millions will watch on television. Justify made history by becoming the first Kentucky Derby winner since 1882 who didn’t run as a 2-year-old. Now he’ll try to join Seattle Slew as the only undefeated horses to sweep the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. He also would be the first to do it in his sixth start. Citation, the 1948 Triple Crown champion, ran 19 times before the Belmont after making his career debut in April 1947. Justify’s first race was Feb. 18. The greatest thoroughbreds used to be iron horses. Is Justify a throwback, or will he hit the wall? There was never any doubt about his talent, and now there is none about his courage after he overcame speed duels in Louisville and Baltimore. But does the 4-5 morning-line favorite have… Read full this story
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