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Belmont Stakes Live

The television coverage begins Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Races can be streamed on the NBC Sports AppThe 150th Belmont Stakes will take place on June 9 from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races, as well as the longest with a 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometer) track.

But favorites aren’t always sure things in the 1 1/2-mile Test of Champions. Last year’s winner, Tapwrit, went off at odds of 6-1 and Creator paid a healthy 15-1 in 2016. In fact, American Pharoah is the only favorite in the last 16 years to cross the finish line first in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

There is ample justification for Justify to be the betting favorite, as explained here Wednesday. But there are a few reasons to bet against him. He will be running his sixth race since Feb. 18, a heavy workload for any horse, and drew the inside post for Saturday’s race. Because the starting gate at Belmont is positioned three-sixteenths of a mile from the clubhouse turn, the Belmont Stakes has the shortest run into the first turn of any of the three Triple Crown races. As a result, horses breaking from inside posts are more likely to be in trouble early, costing them their chance at victory. In fact, the last Belmont Stakes winner to break from post No. 1 was Touch Gold in 1997.

So, if you want to bet against Justify, here are three alternatives.

No. 3 Bravazo

Bravazo, owned by Calumet Farms, won the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds in February but then faltered in the Louisiana Derby in March, finishing eighth. A troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby hid the strong performance by the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt but everyone saw how good Bravazo could be in his second-place performance to Justify in the Preakness.

“We’ve got a nice horse, and we’ll make it interesting,” Lukas told Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier Journal. “I said that before the Preakness and we made it real interesting.”

Bravazo’s sire, Awesome Again, was well-suited to the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. He won the Queen’s Plate over that distance as a 3-year-old with victories in the Saratoga Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at age 4. Bravazo’s broodmare sire, Cee’s Tizzy, was bred for distance, too, as his sire Relaunch finished second in the San Luis Rey Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile graded race.

A quick pace should also be no trouble for Bravazo: twice he has produced triple-digit Brisnet pace figures as a 3-year-old, once in the Louisiana Derby (103) and again in the Preakness (101). Par for the Belmont Stakes is 102.

No. 4 Hofburg

The son of Tapit broke his maiden in March at Gulfstream Park in his second start before finishing second to Audible in the Florida Derby, a key Kentucky Derby prep race. Hofburg then finished seventh — 8 3/4 lengths behind Justify — in the Kentucky Derby after steadying twice on the far turn due to traffic trouble. By the time jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. positioned him for the stretch run, Hofburg was already 17 lengths behind the leader, way too far back to make an impact. He did post a strong Brisnet speed figure toward the end of the race (99 LP, seven points above par), indicating he had plenty left in the tank for a longer run.

That combination of speed and stamina is evident in his pedigree. Hofburg’s dosage index (2.78), the ratio of speed to stamina, fits perfectly with previous winners of the Belmont and his center of distribution (. 65) “is nicely placed for an added shot of stamina.” Plus, Hofburg’s half sister Emollient, also trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, won six of 18 startsincluding four Grade 1 races from 2012 to 2014.

No. 7 Tenfold

Tenfold is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who lost the 2007 Belmont Stakes by a nose to the filly Rags to Riches, and out of a mare by Tapit, who has sired three of the past four Belmont Stakes winners. The miss: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Like Curlin, Tenfold did not race as a 2-year-old, instead breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park in February. Tenfold then finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby and third in the Preakness by less than a length.

But this is a colt on the rise. His Brisnet speed figures have increased in every race and he set a career-high pace figure (97) at Pimlico. That typically indicates the horse is ready for another step forward.

2018 Belmont Stakes Odds: Favorites, Contenders

The 150th Belmont Stakes will take place on June 9 from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races, as well as the longest with a 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometer) track.

Justify is the heavy favorite to win the race and complete the Triple Crown. Only 12 horses have completed the feat, the last being American Pharoah in 2015.

The television coverage begins Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Races can be streamed on the NBC Sports App.

Justify will be a heavy favorite to win the Belmont Stakes: The morning line assigned him 4-5 odds after the draw and with the possibility of a Triple Crown in play, many will buy souvenir tickets to keep as mementos, sending those odds down even further.

But favorites aren’t always sure things in the 1 1/2-mile Test of Champions. Last year’s winner, Tapwrit, went off at odds of 6-1 and Creator paid a healthy 15-1 in 2016. In fact, American Pharoah is the only favorite in the last 16 years to cross the finish line first in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

There is ample justification for Justify to be the betting favorite, as explained here Wednesday. But there are a few reasons to bet against him. He will be running his sixth race since Feb. 18, a heavy workload for any horse, and drew the inside post for Saturday’s race. Because the starting gate at Belmont is positioned three-sixteenths of a mile from the clubhouse turn, the Belmont Stakes has the shortest run into the first turn of any of the three Triple Crown races. As a result, horses breaking from inside posts are more likely to be in trouble early, costing them their chance at victory. In fact, the last Belmont Stakes winner to break from post No. 1 was Touch Gold in 1997.

So, if you want to bet against Justify, here are three alternatives.

No. 3 Bravazo

Bravazo, owned by Calumet Farms, won the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds in February but then faltered in the Louisiana Derby in March, finishing eighth. A troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby hid the strong performance by the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt but everyone saw how good Bravazo could be in his second-place performance to Justify in the Preakness.

“We’ve got a nice horse, and we’ll make it interesting,” Lukas told Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier Journal. “I said that before the Preakness and we made it real interesting.”

Bravazo’s sire, Awesome Again, was well-suited to the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. He won the Queen’s Plate over that distance as a 3-year-old with victories in the Saratoga Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at age 4. Bravazo’s broodmare sire, Cee’s Tizzy, was bred for distance, too, as his sire Relaunch finished second in the San Luis Rey Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile graded race.

A quick pace should also be no trouble for Bravazo: twice he has produced triple-digit Brisnet pace figures as a 3-year-old, once in the Louisiana Derby (103) and again in the Preakness (101). Par for the Belmont Stakes is 102.

No. 4 Hofburg

The son of Tapit broke his maiden in March at Gulfstream Park in his second start before finishing second to Audible in the Florida Derby, a key Kentucky Derby prep race. Hofburg then finished seventh — 8 3/4 lengths behind Justify — in the Kentucky Derby after steadying twice on the far turn due to traffic trouble. By the time jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. positioned him for the stretch run, Hofburg was already 17 lengths behind the leader, way too far back to make an impact. He did post a strong Brisnet speed figure toward the end of the race (99 LP, seven points above par), indicating he had plenty left in the tank for a longer run.

That combination of speed and stamina is evident in his pedigree. Hofburg’s dosage index (2.78), the ratio of speed to stamina, fits perfectly with previous winners of the Belmont and his center of distribution (. 65) “is nicely placed for an added shot of stamina.” Plus, Hofburg’s half sister Emollient, also trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, won six of 18 startsincluding four Grade 1 races from 2012 to 2014.

No. 7 Tenfold

Tenfold is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who lost the 2007 Belmont Stakes by a nose to the filly Rags to Riches, and out of a mare by Tapit, who has sired three of the past four Belmont Stakes winners. The miss: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Like Curlin, Tenfold did not race as a 2-year-old, instead breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park in February. Tenfold then finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby and third in the Preakness by less than a length.

But this is a colt on the rise. His Brisnet speed figures have increased in every race and he set a career-high pace figure (97) at Pimlico. That typically indicates the horse is ready for another step forward.

Belmont Stakes 2018

Justify will be a heavy favorite to win the Belmont Stakes: The morning line assigned him 4-5 odds after the draw and with the possibility of a Triple Crown in play, many will buy souvenir tickets to keep as mementos, sending those odds down even further.

But favorites aren’t always sure things in the 1 1/2-mile Test of Champions. Last year’s winner, Tapwrit, went off at odds of 6-1 and Creator paid a healthy 15-1 in 2016. In fact, American Pharoah is the only favorite in the last 16 years to cross the finish line first in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

There is ample justification for Justify to be the betting favorite, as explained here Wednesday. But there are a few reasons to bet against him. He will be running his sixth race since Feb. 18, a heavy workload for any horse, and drew the inside post for Saturday’s race. Because the starting gate at Belmont is positioned three-sixteenths of a mile from the clubhouse turn, the Belmont Stakes has the shortest run into the first turn of any of the three Triple Crown races. As a result, horses breaking from inside posts are more likely to be in trouble early, costing them their chance at victory. In fact, the last Belmont Stakes winner to break from post No. 1 was Touch Gold in 1997.

So, if you want to bet against Justify, here are three alternatives.

No. 3 Bravazo

Bravazo, owned by Calumet Farms, won the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds in February but then faltered in the Louisiana Derby in March, finishing eighth. A troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby hid the strong performance by the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt but everyone saw how good Bravazo could be in his second-place performance to Justify in the Preakness.

“We’ve got a nice horse, and we’ll make it interesting,” Lukas told Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier Journal. “I said that before the Preakness and we made it real interesting.”

Bravazo’s sire, Awesome Again, was well-suited to the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. He won the Queen’s Plate over that distance as a 3-year-old with victories in the Saratoga Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at age 4. Bravazo’s broodmare sire, Cee’s Tizzy, was bred for distance, too, as his sire Relaunch finished second in the San Luis Rey Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile graded race.

A quick pace should also be no trouble for Bravazo: twice he has produced triple-digit Brisnet pace figures as a 3-year-old, once in the Louisiana Derby (103) and again in the Preakness (101). Par for the Belmont Stakes is 102.

No. 4 Hofburg

The son of Tapit broke his maiden in March at Gulfstream Park in his second start before finishing second to Audible in the Florida Derby, a key Kentucky Derby prep race. Hofburg then finished seventh — 8 3/4 lengths behind Justify — in the Kentucky Derby after steadying twice on the far turn due to traffic trouble. By the time jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. positioned him for the stretch run, Hofburg was already 17 lengths behind the leader, way too far back to make an impact. He did post a strong Brisnet speed figure toward the end of the race (99 LP, seven points above par), indicating he had plenty left in the tank for a longer run.

That combination of speed and stamina is evident in his pedigree. Hofburg’s dosage index (2.78), the ratio of speed to stamina, fits perfectly with previous winners of the Belmont and his center of distribution (. 65) “is nicely placed for an added shot of stamina.” Plus, Hofburg’s half sister Emollient, also trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, won six of 18 startsincluding four Grade 1 races from 2012 to 2014.

No. 7 Tenfold

Tenfold is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who lost the 2007 Belmont Stakes by a nose to the filly Rags to Riches, and out of a mare by Tapit, who has sired three of the past four Belmont Stakes winners. The miss: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Like Curlin, Tenfold did not race as a 2-year-old, instead breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park in February. Tenfold then finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby and third in the Preakness by less than a length.

But this is a colt on the rise. His Brisnet speed figures have increased in every race and he set a career-high pace figure (97) at Pimlico. That typically indicates the horse is ready for another step forward.

Belmont Stakes 2018, June 9

The 2018 Belmont Stakes will be one of the most watched and wagered on events in recent horse racing history. Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown, and Justify, a horse going off at

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2018 Belmont Stakes

4-5 in the latest 2018 Belmont Stakes odds, is looking to make that number 13 after dominating the Kentucky Derby and pulling out a tight win at the Preakness. Hofburg at 4-1 and Bravazo at 7-1 in the Belmont odds are some of the top contenders to watch at the event known as the “Test of the Champion.”

Before you make any kind of bet or pick on the 2018 Belmont, you need to see what horse racing legend Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg has to say. In 2004, if you had put down $300 on his Belmont Stakes picks, you would have cashed for $21,000.

The reason Goldberg has been so successful: He goes straight to the source. In 2004, he was all over Birdstone as a 36-1 monster long shot to win the Belmont Stakes over the heavily favored Smarty Jones, who was undefeated like Justify. Goldberg had dinner with Birdstone’s trainer, Nick Zito, before the Belmont Stakes at a pizzeria in Queens.

“Nick told me Birdstone had been training great,” Goldberg said. “He was training off the charts and Nick said the horse would love the Belmont because he had the running style that fit well with the track.” The Hammer pounced on the long shot to win and put him on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets.

Birdstone, of course, beat Smarty Jones by one length in one of the most thrilling Triple Crown races ever. Royal Assault — almost a 30-1 long shot on the Belmont Stakes odds board and also trained by Zito — finished third, giving the Hammer and his followers monster payouts. Now, he’s gearing up for the 2018 Belmont Stakes.

A legendary prognosticator and current CBS Sports expert, Goldberg couldn’t have been more dead-on about the 2018 Kentucky Derby. He picked Justify to win, saying he excelled in the slop. The result: Justify sloshed to victory over Good Magic in the rain and mud by two-and-a-half lengths.

Then, he called Justify repeating at the Preakness despite an injured heel and sloppy conditions — which is exactly what happened. He also cashed the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 at Pimlico this year.

Now that the 2018 Belmont Stakes lineup is taking shape, Goldberg released his early picks, predictions and exotic bets over at SportsLine.

We can tell you Goldberg thinks Justify will be a tired horse as he pursues horse racing’s Triple Crown as the Belmont Stakes favorite.

“The Preakness took a lot out of Justify,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “He was never pushed like he was in that race. His first race was Feb. 18 and he’s going to have considerable competition in the Belmont Stakes, much more than he faced in the Preakness.” Goldberg is sharing his projected finish position for Justify over at SportsLine.

We can tell also tell you that Bravazo, a horse going off at 7-1 in the 2018 Belmont Stakes odds, is a contender that Goldberg is impressed with in the days leading up the event.

“He almost won at the Preakness — just needed a couple extra steps,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “You have to have a lot of respect for D. Wayne Lukas’ horse, he’s one who could make a run at the Belmont.”

In addition to his second-place performance at the Preakness, Bravazo also has three career wins and two other top-three finishes. He’s been improving rapidly in recent weeks, so he’s a horse to watch out for at the 2018 Belmont.

Goldberg is also eyeing a long shot who has a big edge in distance, which is exactly what’s needed in the Belmont Stakes 2018. He’s sharing which horse it is, and his predictions for every Belmont Stakes contender, over at SportsLine.