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Gronkowski (the horse) finishes second at Belmont Stakes

Tenfold a three-year-old thoroughbred is looking to beat Justify at the Belmont Stakes Saturday running in support of Homes For Our Troops a nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans Belmont Stakes 2018: The 6 horses that are the best bets to upset Justify
Cary Erickson | 10 June, 2018, 04:16

The last horse to win the Triple Crown was American Pharaoh, who accomplished the feat in 2015. Bettors who read into pedigree have likely already noted Tenfold is a son of Tapit, who has sired three of the past four Belmont Stakes winners.

Justify's victory gives racing its second Triple Crown victor of the decade.

As you'd imagine, the Belmont Stakes prize money, or purse, has increased exponentially over the years.

Since 1950, the race has been held at Belmont Park, just outside of New York City.

The purse for the race is $1.5 million. Justify's owners are betting on his global appeal. In 2014, a Peter Pan victor, Tonalist, squelched California Chrome's Triple Crown bid. The son of Scat Daddy had earned 100 points in the Santa Anita Derby, more than enough to advance to the Kentucky Derby. Bravazo finished sixth in the Derby and closed with a rush to take second in the Preakness.

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It was the first time Justify ran on a dry track in the Triple Crown series.

Baffert had been telling people that the horse was special since before his very first race, but Justify's journey began well before that. But just three years after American Pharoah reset the clock with his majestic performance at Belmont, the precocious, musclebound Justify shoved his way into thoroughbred racing's most glorified club.

Smith, with two previous Belmont Stakes victories to his credit, had him out front the entire time, keeping his silks clear as the rest of the field got caked in dirt. He found out about his namesake around a year ago and became a part owner of the horse. CNBC broke down what Justify's jockey Mike Smith would win if Justify can win the Belmont. That number would get shaved down about 30 percent after Smith pays his agent and valet, the person who gets the jockey's gear in place.

Bolt d'Oro had an exceptional year, winning the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes.