Belmont Stakes post positions and odds

Jockey Martin Garcia works Triple Crown hopeful Justify at Churchill Downs in Louisville Ky. Tuesday

Jockey Martin Garcia works Triple Crown hopeful Justify at Churchill Downs in Louisville Ky. Tuesday

"I never do like to draw the rail, but my horses seem to live in it", said Bob Baffert, Justify's trainer.

Tensions are at a high ahead of Saturday's 2018 Belmont Stakes after Justify was given the rail in Tuesday's post draw to boost his already strong chances of an American clean sweep.

The Bob Baffert-trained horse has won the first two legs of the US thoroughbred racing's famous hat trick - the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes - running from post No. 7.

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Justify will become just the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown if he can clinch victory in the third leg of the series, having already wrapped up confident victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

The Belmont Stakes has always been a graveyard for Triple Crown hopefuls. He overcame the "Curse of Apollo" to win the Kentucky Derby in dominant fashion and take home the roses. "We have it. We can't change it. So we'll just deal with it". "We can not think of a better brand than Wheels Up to partner with a horse like Justify". Additionally, Justify will attempt to become the only undefeated horse besides Seattle Slew to achieve what has always been considered among the most hard feats in all of sport: winning three prestigious races at varying lengths in three different states over a five-week span.

Now he enters the $1.5m race at Belmont Park as America's next great equine sensation, looking to join a famous roll of thoroughbreds to capture the Triple Crown that includes Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978) and American Pharoah (2015). Both sat out the Preakness after finishing far back in the Derby.

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The 10-horse field was revealed at the draw for post positions.

Hofburg followed Justify in the morning line at 9-2. The last to win from there was Empire Maker in 2003 when he spoiled Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid.

The 150th Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 9 in Elmont, N.Y. The race is held at Belmont Park with a post time of 6:37 p.m. ET. NBC Sports will televise the 1.5-mile race.

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