Side note I am planning to post something about Justifys retirement eventually. I just need to get past the point of spontaneously crying over it first. Since typing and tears don’t go well together
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.
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!
@shinanniegh He lost a grand total of the 3 pounds over the 5 weeks of the TC. And he was out galloping a week after Belmont. If he really had a lot taken out of him I think he wouldn’t have been out galloping and lost a lot more weight. I don’t think his form is the problem right now
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!
Triple Crown winner Justify will parade for fans on Stephen Foster night at Churchill Downs in Louisville this Saturday (6/16). Then the following Saturday (6/23) there will be a special ceremony for Justify and his fans at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.
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.
The Triple Crown Insider themselves follow up on Justify’s sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, and talk about this year’s three-old crop.
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!
The Belmont Stakes of American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018) simultaneously shows some similarities. Two amazing Triple Crowns in just three years now!