Triple Crown bid on track for Belmont Stakes
The Triple Crown will be on the line at Belmont Park in June
Trainer Bob Baffert walks Triple Crown contender Justify. (Bob Carr/Getty Images)
Unbeaten colt Justify will contest the Belmont Stakes in June.
The Triple Crown is on the line at Belmont Park after trainer Bob Baffert confirmed the three-year-old will be contesting the third leg of the US Triple Crown next month.
"Right now, I don't see why not," Baffert said. "We’ll just get him back to Kentucky and we’ll see how he trains."
The three-year-old colt has had to battle through tough conditions in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, which could leave him vulnerable for the Belmont Stakes.
He has come out of the Preakness Stakes in good shape according to Baffert despite being tested throughout the run.
"He is good,” Baffert said. “For him, what he’s done, fifth race, it’s pretty incredible really. I’m in awe of the horse.
"He really had to work for it and I’m happy we pulled it out.
“He was blowing. You could tell he was in a fight the whole way. You can only get away with that when you have a superior horse like he is."
Baffert doesn't have concerns about the increase in distance for the Belmont Stakes and how that could negatively affect Justify's chances of winning Baffert's second Triple Crown in four years.
"I think the next race will be really big,” Baffert said. “You can’t just bring it all the time. This will set him up for the next one."
Justify is the current $2.25 (5/4) favourite for the Belmont Stakes with bookmakers and will likely run as the short-priced commodity.