What’s Next for Justify?

What’s Next for Justify?

After his whirlwind of races – six in four months, including the Triple Crown – Justify has had a well-deserved month off. But the question everyone is asking is, what next? The Haskell Invitational is one possibility, but it’s coming up soon – July 29 – and Justify hasn’t been training seriously enough to get ready for that. A more likely possibility is the Travers Stakes on August 25. That’s the route that American Pharoah took after his Triple Crown…

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Mike Repole is a Whiner

Mike Repole is a Whiner

Mike Repole, owner of Vino Rosso, wants the Belmont stewards to take another look at the Belmont Stakes to see if Restoring Hope caused any interference that allowed Justify to capture the 13th Triple Crown. Restoring Hope, like Justify, is trained by Bob Baffert, but both horses have different owners. Repole thinks…Well, I don’t know what he’s thinking. I guess he thought that Restoring Hope went out too quickly, then sat behind Justify, acting as a “blocker” for the lead…

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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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