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Odds of Triple Crown winner increase with Fort Worth horse out of Belmont

My Boy Jack, who finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Belmont Stakes next month, making the path to a Triple Crown a little smoother for Justify, winner of the Derby and Preakness.
My Boy Jack, who finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Belmont Stakes next month, making the path to a Triple Crown a little smoother for Justify, winner of the Derby and Preakness. AP

The chance for horse racing to have its second Triple Crown winner in the last four years just increased with the news out of Fort Worth's "Don't Tell My Wife" stables.

Fort Worth resident and former TCU baseball player, Kirk Godby, who is one of the owners of My Boy Jack, said that his horse will not run in the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

My Boy Jack was a favorite to win The Kentucky Derby, but a poor start in the slop ended his victory chances early; he rallied to finish fifth, well behind winner Justify.

Justify went on to win last weekend's Preakness and he will go for the Triple Crown in New York on June 9.

The original plan was to run My Boy Jack in the Belmont Stakes. Instead, according to Godby, My Boy Jack will prepare to run in the Belmont Derby in July, and maybe the Haskell and Travers. Godby said the horse is healthy.

"Just giving him more time to freshen up so he can compete better in the big summer races," Godby said, "then target the Breeder's Cup Classic on Nov. 3."

The lack of a quality competitor at the Belmont gives Justify, an already brilliant horse, an even better chance to win the Triple Crown.

The last horse to achieve that feat was American Pharoah in 2015. Before that, there had been no triple crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

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