Justify’s Retirement Parade at Del Mar
Farewell to the big, beautiful chestnut champ Justify. His Triple Crown campaign was an amazing gift for horse racing fans who will go on to tell the story of Justify, the horse who only began racing as a three-year-old, going from maiden in February to undefeated Triple Crown winner in June.
With Justify’s belated start to racing and late arrival on the Derby trail, he had no time for for a layoff, running six races straight. His Triple Crown campaign tested him on the rainiest day in Kentucky Derby history (where he became the first horse since 1882 to win the Derby without having raced at two-years-old), and then he was pressed by Good Magic in a thick fog on another sloppy sealed track at the Preakness. Three weeks later he emerged still undefeated, and a Triple Crown winner, on a beautiful day at Belmont Park.
Justify earned his time away from the track, but it is sad to see an ankle inflammation end his future racing plans because he will not be ready to complete his career with a Fall Breeders’ Cup campaign as originally planned. His owners do not want to risk racing him at four, and his breeding rights may be sold to Coolmore for $45 million.
Thanks for the memories and good luck, Justify.