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Just up ahead, check out the top contenders, Belmont post positions, odds, facts and figures, history & trivia — plus related Belmont party ideas — and everything else you ever wanted to know about the Triple Crown finale in New York City.

Justify wins the Triple Crown at Belmont.

2018 is shaped up to be one of the most exciting Belmont races in years as Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Justified, went on to Triple Crown glory at Belmont!

Justify was the first Triple Crown winner since 2015 when American Pharoah took the title. Now he takes his "lucky" 13th place among historic Triple Crown champions including the very first with Sir Barton in 1919.

In other news at Belmont, longshot Gronkowski (named for NFL great Rob Gronkowski) made some bettors very happy on race day when he unexpectedly placed 2nd just behind the Triple Crown winner!

Payouts at the 2018 Belmont Stakes were as follows:

1. Justify: $3.60 (Win), $3.50 (Place), $2.80 (Show)
2. Gronkowski: $13.80 (Place), $7.00 (Show)
3. Hofburg: $3.70 (Show)

The official Belmont post positions and morning line odds were announced live from Belmont Park on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (see below).

The 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, was televised live on Saturday, June 9, 2018, on NBC beginning at 5 PM ET with post time set for 6:30PM ET.

2018 Belmont post positions & morning line odds

Major contenders to watch at the 2018 Belmont Stakes included Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Justify (with odds at 4-5) and notables with already-familiar names such as Bravazo (8-1), Tenfold (12-1), long shot Free Drop Billy (30-1), Hofburg (9-2) and Vino Rosso (8-1). Meanwhile, newcomers to this year's Triple Crown field include Restoring Hope (30-1) and Gronkowski (12-1), who is named for NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski.

Position Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1. Justify Mike Smith Bob Baffert 4-5
2. Free Drop Billy Robby Albarado Dale L. Romans 30-1
3. Bravazo Luis Saez  D. Wayne Lukas 8-1
4. Hofburg  Irad Ortiz Jr. William I. Mott 9-2
5. Restoring Hope  Florent Geroux Bob Baffert 30-1
6. Gronkowski Jose Ortiz Chad C. Brown 12-1
7. Tenfold  Victor Espinoza Steve Asmussen 12-1
8. Vino Rosso John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 8-1
9. Noble Indy Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 30-1
10. Blended Citizen  Kyle Frey Doug F. O'Neill 15-1

All about Belmont

Belmont riders and horses
All About Belmont -
Race to the Triple Crown

The Belmont Stakes is run on the largest dirt track in North America at Belmont Park, measuring a massive 1 1/2 miles around.

The last and most demanding jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont race is also known as "The Test of the Champion" for the gruelling physical toll it takes on 3-year-old horses and the critical pacing and timing demanded of skilled jockeys.

Hey...this is the Big Apple - and In the final showdown only the smartest and strongest survive!

The lineup of major contenders at the Belmont stakes traditionally depend on the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and how well horses perform in those two races. But at Belmont, anything can happen. Stay tuned ....

DID YOU KNOW? Belmont Stakes Fun Facts

Belmont riders and horses
Secretariat wins by an incredible 31
lengths at the Belmont Stakes in 1973.

• Betting on the Belmont today? The No. 1 post has resulted in the most winners at Belmont with 23. The No. 3 and No. 5 gates have been lucky with 13 wins each.

• The traditional flowers at the Belmont Stakes are white carnations. A blanket of 500 carnations worn by the winning horse takes up to 10 hours to assemble.

• Triple Crown winner and horse legend Secretariat clocked the fastest time ever at the Belmont Stakes at 2:24 in 1973 and finished at an incredible 31 lengths.

• Another legendary Belmont winner, Man o' War (1920), sired three horses who also went on to win the Belmont Stakes: American Flag (1925), Crusader (1926) and Triple Crown winner War Admiral (1937).

• Start spreadin' the news .... “My Old Kentucky Home” is featured at the Kentucky Derby. “Maryland, My Maryland” is sung at the Preakness Stakes. But the race at Belmont includes a sing-along of (what else?) Frank Sinatra's version of "New York, New York."

More about the Belmont Stakes around the Web:

Belmont Stakes
- The official site offering up ticket information, video clips, history and trivia and the complete lineup for the big race in June, along with feature stories & highlights

NBC Sports - Horse Racing - The official home of the televised Triple Crown races featuring Belmont news and related articles, video clips, history and trivia, plus fun features on the Kentucky Derby and Preakness races.

Belmont Stakes - Wikipedia - Deep background, historical facts & photos along with a complete list of winners and jockeys dating back to 1867.

Belmont BreezeBelmont Stakes Party Ideas

The Belmont Breeze - Party on - with a recipe for the official drink of the Belmont Stakes.

How to Make a Horse Cake - Dessert for kids of all ages, with a jelly fruit roll for the bridle, and a jelly bean nose.

Millemark Equine Postcard Center - Say 'hay!' with a selection of photos to send as free e-invitations to the party.

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