"Wayne Lukas told me a long time ago when I was just getting started. he said he's made millions of dollars running horses where people told him he didn't belong, and if your horse is doing good don't be afraid to give them a chance", Romans said.
Romans was seventh in the 2012 Belmont with Dullahan, who inherited the favorite's role when Kentucky Derby and Preakness victor I'll Have Another was scratched on the eve of the race with a career-ending injury. Vino Rosso and Preakness runner-up Bravazo both were installed at 8-1.
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. The rest of the field is 12-1 or longer.
Should Justify pull off the historic bid in the one-and-a-half-mile Belmont, the third and most hard of the Triple Crown legs staged at the venerable race course just outside NY city limits, the colt will set a record for number of rivals defeated with the storied feat on the line. "Winners fly Wheels Up and we wish Justify all the best".
Bravazo also has a favourable draw at No. 3 and will be hopeful of posing a challenge on the top spot.
Since 1905, a leading 23 horses have won from the No. 1 post. But the most recent Belmont victor who started on the rail was Empire Maker in 2003.
European veteran Gronkowski isn't as accustomed to dirt, however, and may need more than a little of that fortune if he's to beat Justify, whose strong preparations suggest he's on course for Triple Crown treasure. Read on for a preview of the 2018 Belmont Stakes after Tuesday's post draw took us one step closer to discovering whether Justify can live up to his billing. The last was with victor American Pharoah, making Wheels Up undefeated in Triple Crown sponsorship and putting everything on the line with Justify.