NEW YORK – Triple Crown contender Justify glided over the observe in his first journey over the Belmont Park strip on Thursday morning.
The strapping chestnut colt is the odds-on favourite to finish the collection sweep on Saturday within the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes following victories within the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
Justify arrived right here Wednesday afternoon after a flight from Kentucky. Bob Baffert, his Corridor of Fame coach, was delighted with how properly the horse dealt with the transport and the unfamiliar environment on an overcast morning.
“He regarded like he was getting over it very well,” Baffert stated after the gallop. “It regarded like he was completely satisfied. He was a bit aggressive, a bit recent. He could not have regarded any higher.”
Justify went 1 three/eight miles, eager and keen as he flashed by the grandstand.
Baffert stated he omitted the customary ear plugs, which could have put Justify barely on edge. The plugs shall be again in for a closing gallop on Friday. Justify makes use of them just for coaching, not racing.
Baffert has determined towards education Justify within the paddock or the beginning gate.
“All over the place he is gone, it is like he is been there earlier than,” Baffert stated. “He went round there as we speak like he is been right here. He is a really clever horse.”
The Belmont is the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1½ miles over a demanding floor often known as “Large Sandy”.
That should not be an issue for Justify, based on Baffert.
“We have been coaching over a deep and tiring observe in California,” he stated. “My horses, after they come right here, simply float over this. It was very nice.”
With a Belmont victory, Justify can be the 13th Triple Crown winner, and the second conditioned by Baffert. He took the Crown with American Pharoah in 2015.
Mike Smith was additionally impressed. Smith, who rides Justify on Saturday, watched as train rider Humberto Gomez was aboard for the gallop.
“He regarded very good going over the bottom, appears actually good,” Smith stated. “He ought to just like the observe.”
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