Will Justify Break Belmont Stakes Track Record?

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Justify goes for Triple Crown and a Top-10 Time Will Secure it in Belmont Stakes

The footage is legendary, as is 1973 Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown winner Secretariat. His YouTube video winning the Belmont by a record 31 lengths is mesmerizing. So too his his final record time of 2:24.00. “He is moving like a tremendous machine” is unforgettable by Belmont racing announcer Chic Anderson as Secretariat powered through six furlongs in 1:09.80 before barreling down the Belmont stretch to win by his massive margin. Secretariat broke the 12 furlong (1 1/2 mile) Belmont Stakes record time by more than 2 seconds, and it has not been touched since. History suggests that if Justify can post a top-10 time of 2:27.00 or less, he’ll run his way to a solid victory and become the 13th Triple Crown winner in American racing history.

Here are the fastest Belmont Stakes times (1 1/2 miles). Note the most recent winner, American Pharoah (2015), posted a top-10 time while winning the Belmont by more than 5 lengths to capture the elusive Triple Crown.

Fastest Belmont Stakes Times (1 ½ Miles)

Rank Horse Year Time
1 Secretariat* 1973 2:24.00
2 Easy Goer 1989 2:26.00
3 A.P. Indy 1992 2:26.13
4 Risen Star 1988 2:26.50
5 Point Given 2001 2:26.56
6 Gallant Man 1957 2:26.60
7 American Pharoah* 2015 2:26.65
8 Affirmed* 1978 2:26.80
9 Tabasco Cat 1994 2:26.83
10 Crem Fraiche 1985 2:27.00

Rags to Riches is the fastest filly to win the Belmont Stakes this century, completing the 2007 edition in a time of 2:28.74. Fantastic filly Count Fleet was the fastest of them all in winning the 1943 Belmont in 2:28.20.

One of the greatest racehorses of all time, Man o’ War (1920) holds the Belmont mark for 1 3/8th miles in 2:14.20.

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Going inside the numbers of Belmont Stakes winners, just 2 of the last 15 winners were the favorite to win the race. In fact, just 4 Belmont favorites have won the race in the last 25 years.  Justify (4-5) is the prohibitive morning line favorite in the 10-horse field to capture the 2018 Belmont Stakes and complete the Triple Crown. Still, a total of 23 horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown but failed to win the Belmont. California Chrome (2014) was the most recent when he finished fourth.

But Justify has proven to be the fastest 3-year-old dirt horse in training while posting the fastest BRIS and Beyer Speed Figures in his recent 2018 races.

Will Justify capture the Triple Crown while posting one of the fastest Belmont Stakes times?

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