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2018 Belmont Stakes Horses at Churchill Downs

Justify has his bath after his workout on Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
Date: 06/04/2018

Monday morning Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Justify had his final timed work at Churchill Downs in preparation for the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday in New York. Also out this morning were Tenfold and Restoring Hope on a sunny, cool day. Bravazo left trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Barn 44 early Monday morning via van to New York and Free Drop Billy walked trainer Dale Romans' Barn 4 shedrow this morning.

The weather for Belmont Day is starting to turn on us, with temperatures still in the mid-70s but now they are calling for mostly cloudy and a 50% chance of showers in the afternoon. After all the rain for Derby and Preakness, please let the Belmont be dry!

Here are some photos from Monday, mostly of Justify but also Tenfold and Restoring Hope.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Justify heads out to the track followed by some of the people who have come to watch him. Apparently a few hundred spectators turned out this morning for his final workout.

Right: Justify on the track with his pony Sunny. He came out at 7:30 a.m. during a special 10-minute training period for locally-based Belmont Stakes contenders.

horse racinghorse racingJustify breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 over a fast track this morning for his final prep. He began his breeze at the half-mile marker through splits of :12.80, :24.80, :37 and :48.80 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.60 and seven-eighths of a mile in 1:27.20.

"It was a really nice breeze and exactly what we were looking for," Baffert said. "He relaxed nicely and seemed very happy. Martin was very happy with him as well so I was happy, too. He was a little fresh earlier in the week so it was good to see him relax nicely."

horse racinghorse racingTeam Justify this morning with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, trainer Bob Baffert, and jockey Martin Garcia who rode him during his workout.

Justify and Restoring Hope are scheduled to make the two-hour flight to New York on Wednesday from Louisville and will leave Churchill Downs' Barn 33 between 8-8:30 a.m.

horse racinghorse racingTenfold jogged one mile following his five-furlong breeze in 1:01.60 Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tenfold is scheduled to fly to New York on Tuesday and leave Churchill Downs at approximately 10:30 a.m.

horse racinghorse racingRestoring Hope breezed six furlongs in 1:13 under jockey Florent Geroux (splits: :12.60, :24.40, :36.20, :48.40 and 1:00.20 with a gallop out of 1:26.40). He will fly to New York Wednesday with Justify.

"Restoring Hope went really well," Baffert said. "He's always been a really good work horse. He's sort of a one-paced horse. He went a little faster than Justify but I thought overall the work was very good."

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