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Triple Crown Update: Belmont Stakes Horses

Triple Crown Update from CBS Sports: Belmont StakesThe 150th Belmont Stakes runs Saturday, June 9, from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Justify, the undefeated colt trained by Bob Baffert, is one victory away from horse racing's coveted Triple Crown. He's going off at 4-5 at several major sports books. Audible, who was third in the Kentucky Derby, is second on the 2018 Belmont odds board at 4-1. Before you lock in your bets, you need to see what horse racing legend Hammerin' Hank Goldberg has to say. If you had put down $300 on his Belmont picks in 2004, you would have cashed for over $21,000.
 
The reason Goldberg has been so successful: He goes straight to the source. In 2004, he was all over Birdstone as a 36-1 monster long shot to win the Belmont Stakes over the heavily favored Smarty Jones, who was undefeated like Justify. Goldberg had dinner with Birdstone's trainer, Nick Zito, before the Belmont Stakes at a pizzeria in Queens.
 
"Nick told me Birdstone had been training great," Goldberg said. "He was training off the charts and Nick said the horse would love the Belmont because he had the running style that fit well with the track." The Hammer pounced on the long shot to win and put him on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets.
 
Birdstone, of course, beat Smarty Jones by one length in one of the most thrilling Triple Crown races ever. Royal Assault -- almost a 30-1 long shot on the Belmont Stakes odds board -- finished third, giving the Hammer and his followers monster payouts. Now, he's gearing up for the 2018 Belmont Stakes.
 
A legendary prognosticator and current CBS Sports expert, Goldberg couldn't have been more dead-on about the 2018 Kentucky Derby. He picked Justify to win, saying he excelled in the slop. The result: Justify sloshed to victory over Good Magic in the rain and mud by two-and-a-half lengths.
 
 

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