But given the poor conditions of the first two races, combined with the unique length of the Belmont, there are lots of challengers to block Justify's run at history.
On a cloudy 80-degree day at Belmont Park, Justify proved a cool customer. In 2008, Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown's breeding rights were sold for $50 million before the horse had a lackluster Belmont Stakes race.
Gronkowski had never raced on dirt, had never raced farther than a mile, qualified but didn't run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) because he spiked a fever, switched trainers before the race, and only had two published works ahead of the most hard start of his career.
For Justify, being one of the finest athletes of our time will have to do.
Scat Daddy's bloodlines include Canadian-breds Nijinsky (an English Triple Crown champion), Northern Dancer and Storm Bird.
The fashion scene at the Belmont Stakes is as diverse as NY itself. Justify pulled away down the 1,097-yard stretch in front of a grandstand packed with screaming fans with only 24-1 shot Gronkowski picking up the chase down the lane.
In doing so, he emulated Baffert's American Pharoah, who in 2015 was the first to land all three races since Affirmed in 1978.
Justify is the overwhelming favorite to cover the Belmont course in first place.
Smith said Justify was so calm in the gate that he was anxious he might not break.
Justify's victory silenced the skeptics who believed the colt was due for a loss because of his rushed schedule and close result in the Preakness. Two weeks later, Justify weathered torrential rain and a blanket of fog to win the Preakness Stakes, setting himself up for the Triple Crown bid.
Justify's quick ascent to North American prominence will undoubtedly put pressure on Glennwood to produce another Triple Crown contender.
Justify will attempt to join previous Triple Crown winners later this evening when he runs in the 2018 Belmont Stakes. "Amazing. Just hope Eli Manning can do the same thing at 37".
While it's nice to see a Triple Crown victor, it's hardly profitable for bettors. "He's now become a household name, and I'm looking forward to his next race just as much as you guys are". There's no more deserving than him.
Justify will break from the No. 1 post in the starting gate. Vino Rosso made the most serious move to get within a length but never threatened.
"I think it's very fitting that Gronkowski finished second again", Mara cracked. The colt named for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski brings a four-race winning streak into his USA debut. Four of Justify's rivals have been resting since the Kentucky Derby a month ago: Free Drop Billy (16th), Hofburg (seventh), Noble Indy (17th) and Vino Rosso (ninth).