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Tiz the Law has won an unprecedented Belmont Stakes, claiming victory at the first race of a rejiggered Triple Crown schedule and crossing the finish line in front of eerily empty grandstands.
Tiz the Law was made the early 6-5 favorite for the Belmont Stakes this weekend.
Tacitus was well-rested for a run on his home track. It just didn’t work out. The favored Tacitus finished second to Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old colt, who skipped the Preakness after finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, had one of the worst trips of his career.
Sir Winston gave the Triple Crown another unexpected turn, rallying in the stretch to capture the Belmont Stakes in a 10-1 upset. The win gave trainer Mark Casse the final two jewels of the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds.
Trainer Bill Mott comes to the Belmont Stakes after what has been a chaotic Triple Crown season for him. Mott won the Kentucky Derby with Country House, becoming the first trainer to win the showcase race after the horse that crossed the finish line first was disqualified. It was an awkward time for Mott. Still, he was happy for the win. Now, Mott has the Belmont favorite. And he hopes Tacitus will give him his second Triple Crown win this year. And this time without the mayhem.
High-definition monitors used by broadcaster Larry Collmus for the first time at Justify’s foggy Preakness victory in 2018 and the “BatCam” that runs on a zip line are now prominent pieces of NBC Sports’ Triple Crown telecasts that have revolutionized the game and made no weather situation too tough to handle. They’ll be on display again Saturday at the Belmont Stakes to document a showdown between favored Tacitus and Preakness winner War of Will.
Tacitus was made the slight favorite over Preakness winner War of Will in a Belmont Stakes that wraps up a whacky Triple Crown. Tacitus and War of Will got the outside No. 10 and 9 post positions, respectively, in the draw at Citi Field, but those should not be a problem in the 1 1/2-mile race on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The home of the Belmont is laps ahead of other U.S. racetracks when it comes to keeping horses safe. Belmont Park and other tracks around the state of New York have had some of the fewest horse deaths in the sport. Amid the 26 horse deaths at California’s Santa Anita Park since late December, the Belmont will be run Saturday on a track that national observers say is among the safest and best maintained in the country.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has arrived in New York ahead of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. The colt will try to sweep the Triple Crown. American Pharoah did it in 2015 to become the 12th horse to do so. Justify traveled to Belmont Park on a flight from Louisville and a van ride from an airport on Long Island.
The only thing Bob Baffert wanted to do in horse racing was win the Triple Crown. Been there, done that. The Hall of Fame trainer captured horse racing’s biggest prize in 2015 with American Pharoah. Justify could become racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years if he wins the Belmont Stakes. Says Baffert: “I’ve won it so I’m actually going to enjoy this a little bit more.”
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify will break from the No. 1 post as the early 4-5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes as the colt tries to complete a Triple Crown sweep. Trainer Bob Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses no matter what the race.
Triple Crown contender Justify is drawing comparisons to American Pharoah even after a very different path to the Belmont. Trainer Bob Baffert sees similarities in the two super horses as Justify is on the verge of being the second Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez won four races, including both $100,000 stakes on the Independence Day card at Belmont Park.