But it really should not be an issue unless Justify breaks very poorly.That no speed Free Drop Billy drew next door means Justify should have immediate room to maneuver.It is a sign of respect for his trainer, Bill Mott, and Tapit, the sire of three of the last four Belmont winners.Bravazo and Vino Rosso were listed as co-third choices at 8-1.
In a perfect world, Smith and trainer Bob Baffert would rather have seen Justify draw nearer the outside, which would give the jockey more options.
Jerry: Yeah, but this is different , this is like ,you know, semi digested food stuff.
George: Well , it was very nice meeting you Shelly and Jerry be careful ,there's a lot of nuts out there.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has the race’s most early speed. The absolute last thing you want to do with the best horse is to take his best attribute away from him, so expect jockey Mike Smith to put Justify on the lead from the start and try to tire out the other nine horses chasing him.
If, for some reason, any other jockeys are intent on sending their horses to the front, they will have to go quite fast to get there in front of Justify.