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Year: 2018

Justify!

Justify!

Justify took the 150th Belmont Stakes, 45 years to the day after Secretariat made his record-breaking romp to capture the Triple Crown in record-breaking time, and in doing so became the 13th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history. Justify’s win wasn’t as impressive as Secretariat’s – who has? – but he led from wire to wire, setting his own pace, and was never truly challenged. Gronkowski came from dead last to finish an impressive second, much to the delight…

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Preakness: My Prediction

Preakness: My Prediction

For the last two weeks the doubters have been apoplectic about Justify’s foot. He’s lame. He’s bruised. He’s hurting.  Trainer Bob Baffert has put all these rumors to rest, and Justify looks like a monster under a tight leash in his warmups. Add to that a sloppy track, which Justify seems to relish, a relatively weak field with Good Magic being the only true competitors, and you have a rout on your hands. I’ll take Justify by five lengths over…

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Preakness Positions Drawn; Justify on Outside

Preakness Positions Drawn; Justify on Outside

Post positions were drawn for the 143rd Preakness Wednesday, and the field is as follows: Quip (12-1) Lone Sailor (50-1) Sporting Chance (30-1) Diamond King (30-1) Good Magic (3-1) Tenfold (20-1) Justify (1-2) Bravazo (20-1) Even though Justify has an outside position, look for him to take the lead early and keep it. He likes the mud, and even a strong finish by Good Magic shouldn’t hurt him. I pick Justify in a romp, Good Magic second, and Bravazo third.

No, Justify Isn’t Lame

No, Justify Isn’t Lame

A video of Justify the morning after the Derby showed him favoring his left hind foot, which started the Interwebs chattering that Justify was lame. Technically,  “lame” means any condition in which a horse is not walking normally, but there are so many connotations for the term. But it automatically brings up the possibility of a serious injury. Trainer Bob Baffert quickly tried to put things to rest with a text message to reporters: Justify “has an irritated pastern that…

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