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.
A closer look at 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify parading on Stephen Foster Night. And a fan asking Bob Baffert to play guitar for us, which he did during one of the Triple Crown broadcasts. Freebird!
Four-year-old Pavel, trained by Doug O’Neill, wins the Grade 1, 9 furlong Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Mario
Gutierrez was on the mount. Pavel earns a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic! Honorable Duty
third. Pavel paid $15.60, the $2 exacta was
$762.55, trifecta $928.99
Justify Parading at Churchill Downs Stephen Foster Night
Justify, the beautiful, undefeated chestnut Triple Crown winner of 2018 parades at Churchill Downs. And amazingly Churchill or Justify’s connections did not remember that fans did not like the Triple Crown blanket covering up American Pharoah when they did this with him in 2015. Next Saturday Justify will appear in a ceremony at Santa Anita.
The Paulick Report celebrates its 10th anniversary and looks back on Justify’s Triple Crown and Mike Repole’s crying about not everything his way… against an undefeated horse who won the Triple Crown. SMH!
Which of Justify’s Triple Crown race victories was most impressive?
DRF Previews Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs (6/16/18)
A weekend after the 13th Triple Crown we have nothing less than Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs this Saturday. The main event is the 9 furlong Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap featuring horses like Backyard Heaven, Irish War Cry, Pavel, and… PATCH! Patch won a 1 1/16 n1x last time out at Belmont Park and will carry 116. The heavyweight is morning line favorite Backyard Heaven with 121 pounds, he won the Grade 2 Alysheba last time out.
Also on the card is the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes for three-year-olds, featuring Ax Man, Funny Duck, and Combatant among others from this year’s Triple Crown worthy three-year-old crop! Preview below.
Watch and wager with free PPs at the official ADW of Churchill Downs, TwinSpires.
Mendelssohn Coming Back to US for Breeders’ Cup Campaign
We all know Mendelssohn has to better than his finish in the Kentucky Derby, where it seemed he had not been prepared to get a good break and take up a good position to begin with. Aidan O’Brien plans to bring him back for a Breeders’ Cup campaign. Good luck, team Mendelssohn.
Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier talks about the raw talent of Justify, and how we’re never going to see something like this again where a horse goes from maiden to Triple Crown winner in such a short time. Plus, Bernier debunks Vino Rosso and Noble Indy owner Mike Repole who thinks Restoring Hope (NOT owned by the same partnership that races Justify) just ran interference for Justify… says the guy who owned two horses in the same race who could have challenged Justify anytime… if they had as much talent as Justify. Lol,Justify 2gud!Cry some moar!