Belmont Stakes: Justify draws No

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In the draw for post positions on Tuesday, Justify drew the No. 1 gate for the race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

Bravazo and Vino Rosso were pegged at 8-1 each in the morning line.

The unflappable colt has already erased the "curse of Apollo", winning the 144th Kentucky Derby despite having never run as a 2-year-old, and secured the Preakness despite a thick fog and sloppy conditions.

"I never do like to draw the rail, but my horses seem to live in it", said Baffert who trained the most recent Triple Crown victor. "We can not think of a better brand than Wheels Up to partner with a horse like Justify".

Since the field far less crowded than the Kentucky Derby, post position is far less crucial - horses can't be forced all the way to the outside or lost in a pack of 20 horses if they get out to a slow start.

On June 6, the team behind Triple Crown contender Justify (Elliott Walden, President and Chief Executive of WinStar Farm, co-owners with China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, and Starlight Racing) announced Wheels Up, the revolutionary member-based private aviation company, as an exclusive sponsor. Vino Rosso finished ninth in the Derby and didn't run in the Preakness. In 2013, Lukas brought Oxbow (Awesome Again) to Belmont to follow up a win in the Preakness with a runner-up finish.

Baffert is seeking a second Triple Crown victory in four years. But none have won from the rail since Empire Maker in 2003. The Kentucky Derby's 17th-place finisher is at 9-1.

Gronkowski is a 12-1 long shot, no doubt attractive odds for his part-owner Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots tight end.

In the past 20 races, every post from 1 through 13 has produced at least one victor, except for Gate 10. NBC Sports will televise the 1.5-mile race.

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