$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up, deposit $500 & receive $500 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
500% Deposit Bonus
Sign-up, deposit $20 & receive $100 in bonus bets. That's $120 to bet with!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Justify has arrived at Belmont Park safe and sound ahead of his bid to become United States thoroughbred racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes-winning colt was accompanied on the flight from Kentucky by his Bob Baffert-trained stablemate and Belmont opponent Restoring Hope and a stable pony.

After walking around the barn for a half-hour or so, the rangy chestnut colt was given a sponge bath and bedded down in the same stall used by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, also trained by Baffert.

The trainer said Justify, the 4-5 favourite over nine opponents in the 1-1/2-mile (2400m) Belmont Stakes, the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown, signalled his readiness for his task on Saturday the minute he stepped off the truck.

“He was, like, ‘Let’s get it on,'” Baffert told the New York Racing Association.

“He didn’t get hot. Drank a lot of water when he got off.

“We feel pretty relieved he made this stage of the journey. He came in here safe and sound. He was just dragging me around there. All the horses in the barn were screaming and yelling. It’s almost as if they were greeting him.”

Baffert, who had three Triple Crown near-misses before American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to win all three races, said he felt as confident in Justify’s ability to complete the sweep.

“There’s always pressure,” he said. “Pharoah was a different type of horse. This horse is strong and willing, and as long as he’s strong and willing and able, it’s up to him to get the mile-and-a-half.

“He started this journey just a few months ago. This horse has brought us along. We’re just riding his coat-tails. The talent and ability is there.

Baffert says the big difference between American Pharoah and Justify is their personalities.

“Pharoah loved human contact,” Baffert said. “This guy will let you love on him for about four seconds, and that’s it. He bit me when I was walking him around.”

Justify won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on sloppy tracks and Baffert would prefer a better surface at Belmont.

“I’d like to see a nice day,” said Baffert. “Things like the weather, how the race is going to play out – I don’t really think about that.”

 
  • Deposit
    $250
  • Bet with
    $550!
  • Claim $300 in Bonus Bets when you deposit $250!*
  • Join now!
Claim $300 in Bonus Bets when you deposit $250!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
  • DEPOSIT $500
    start betting
    with
    $1000*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $600*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $20
    start betting
    with
    $120*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $250
    start betting
    with
    $550*
    CLAIM NOW
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Caulfield Cup Field – 2018

View the final field for the 2018 Caulfield Cup The Caulfield Cup will be run on Saturday 20th October at...

Melbourne Cup contender dies after freak accident

The Charlie Appleby-trained Hamada hasbeen euthanised after fracturing a hind leg in a routine track gallop at Werribee. Hamada was...

Would Winx win the Melbourne Cup?

We take a look at the stats, figures and history of the Melbourne Cup to see if Champion mare Winx...

Melbourne Cup favourite in doubt after injury

The Charlie Appleby-trained Cross Counter has suffered a setback in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup. Cross Counter, who is...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.