Belmont Stakes 2018: Updates as Justify Attempts a Triple Crown Sweep

• Who can beat Justify? The answer probably lies in some familiar foes. Bravazo, who was sixth in the Derby and only a half-length behind Justify in the Preakness, seems to be improving at the right time, and his 82-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, knows how to win the Belmont, having won the mile-and-a-half race four times. Then there’s Vino Rosso, who was ninth in the Derby but skipped the Preakness. He is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won three Belmonts, and will be ridden by John Velazquez, who has won two. Vino Rosso’s sire, Curlin, had both stamina and speed. Hofburg, who was seventh in the Derby but skipped the Preakness, is also trained by a Hall of Famer, Bill Mott. His sire, Tapit, has fathered the winner of three of the last four Belmonts. Tenfold, who did not race in the Derby but finished a fast-closing third in the Preakness, is by Curlin and out of a Tapit mare. Our picks can be found here.


Workers cleaning up the track, which is listed as fast.

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